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Copyright: Copyright in 1841

Resources about copyright and fair use.

Interested in History? Macaulay & Copyright in 1841!

"Is there no patron to protect the Muse . . ."

With this line from James Thompson's Castle of Indolence (Canto II, II) of 1748, Mr. N.J. Talfourd, Serjeant-At-Law, begins his 1840 published compilation of the efforts (primarily by him) to legislate laws concerning copyright.

In response, Baron Thomas Macaulay (famous for his History of England) delivered several speeches that elegantly summarize fundamental issues-still relevant and at issue today--concerning copyright.  There is wit, wisdom and common-sense; patience with the rhetorical style will reward the reader.  Use the "Jump to" box and enter page 18 to begin Macaulay's speech.

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Other tidbits of History?

Know other odd or fascinating tidbits of copyright history?

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