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Encyclopedia > Donaldson v. Beckett

Donaldson v. Beckett, 2 Brown's Parl. Cases 129, 1 Eng. Rep. 837; 4 Burr. 2408, 98 Eng. Rep. 257 (1774); 17 Cobbett's Parl. Hist. 953 (1813) is the ruling by the British House of Lords that denied the existence of a perpetual common law copyright and held that copyright was a creation of statute and could be limited in its duration. 1774 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1813 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... Common law copyright is the legal doctrine that contends that copyright is a natural right and creators have the same inherent right to it as they would tangible property. ... A copyright is a form of intellectual property which secures to its holder the exclusive right to produce copies of his or her works of original expression, such as a literary work, movie, musical work or sound recording, painting, photograph, computer program, or industrial design, for a defined, yet extendable...


The first copyright statute was the Statute of Anne, 8 Anne c. 19 (1710), in which Parliament granted a fourteen year term for a copyright, renewable once. Parliament also provided a special grandfather clause allowing those works already published to enjoy twenty years of protection. When the twenty years were up, the booksellers--for copyrights were held by publishers and booksellers, not authors--asked for an extension. Parliament declined to grant it. A copyright is a form of intellectual property which secures to its holder the exclusive right to produce copies of his or her works of original expression, such as a literary work, movie, musical work or sound recording, painting, photograph, computer program, or industrial design, for a defined, yet extendable... The Statute of Anne (8 Anne c. ... Events April 10 - The worlds first copyright legislation became effective, Britains Statute of Anne Ongoing events Great Northern War (1700-1721) War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713) Births January 4 - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian composer (d. ... The debating chamber or hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels. ...


Thwarted by Parliament, the booksellers turned to the courts for relief. They attempted to secure a ruling that there was a natural right to ownership of the copyright under the common law. The booksellers arranged a collusive lawsuit, Tomson v. Collins, but the courts threw it out. A real lawsuit was brought, Millar v. Taylor 4 Burr. 2303, 98 Eng. Rep. 201 (K.B. 1769), concerning infringement of the copyright on James Thomson's poem "The Seasons" by Robert Taylor, and the booksellers won a favorable judgment. (It helped that Lord Mansfield, the chief judge on the case, had previously been counsel to the booksellers.) An appeal was brought to the Lords, but the booksellers, fearing an adverse judgement there, settled. This article concerns the common-law legal system, as contrasted with the civil law legal system; for other meanings of the term, within the field of law, see common law (disambiguation). ... Millar v. ... 1769 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... James Thomson (September 11, 1700 - August 27, 1748) was a Scottish poet. ... There are many people known as Robert Taylor, including: Robert Taylor (actor) Robert Taylor (aviation artist) Robert Taylor (composer) Robert Taylor (computer scientist) Sir Robert Taylor (architect) Robert Taylor (athlete) Robert Taylor (UK politician) Robert Love Taylor (US politician) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other... William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (March 2, 1705 - March 20, 1793), was a British judge and politician who reached high office in the House of Lords. ...


Another case was brought regarding the same poem at issue in Millar and an injunction was granted by the trial court against the Scottish bookseller who had reprinted it. The Scottish Court of Sessions had held that there was no perpetual copyright. (35 The Scots Magazine 497 1773) An appeal was carried to the House of Lords, which functions as the United Kingdom's court of final appeal, in February 1774. Lord Camden, the Lord Chancellor, was scathing in his ruling in the Lords. "The arguments attempted to be maintained on the side of the respondents, were founded on patents, privileges, Star Chamber decrees, and the bye (sic) laws of the Stationers' Company; all of them the effects of the grossest tyranny and usurpation; the very last places in which I should have dreamt of finding the least trace of the common law of this kingdom; and yet, by a variety of subtle reasoning and metaphysical refinements, have they endeavored to squeeze out the spirit of the common law from premises in which it could not possibly have existence." Thus the Lords rejected the notice of a perpetual copyright and held that it had not previously existed before the Statute of Anne and older works fall into the public domain and are available to everyone when the copyright term expires. "Knowledge has no value or use for the solitary owner: to be enjoyed it must be communicated," wrote Camden. 1773 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... 1774 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714-18 April 1794), Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, was a leading proponent of civil liberties in eighteenth century England. ... The Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, or Lord Chancellor and in former times Chancellor of England, is one of the most senior and important functionaries in the government of the United Kingdom. ... The Star Chamber was an English court of law at the royal Palace of Westminster that began sessions in 1487 and ended them in 1641 when the court itself was abolished. ... The Worshipful Company of Stationers, now known as the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. ... This article concerns the common-law legal system, as contrasted with the civil law legal system; for other meanings of the term, within the field of law, see common law (disambiguation). ... The Statute of Anne (8 Anne c. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


The corresponding case in American copyright law is Wheaton v. Peters. Wheaton v. ...


References

  • Paul Goldstein. Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox. New York: Hill and Wang, 1994.
  • Lawrence Lessig. Free Culture. New York: Penguin Press, 2004.
  • Lyman Ray Patterson. Copyright in Historical Perspective. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1968.
  • Lyman Ray Patterson and Stanley W. Lindberg. The Nature of Copyright: A Law of Users' Rights. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1991

See also

A copyright is a form of intellectual property which secures to its holder the exclusive right to produce copies of his or her works of original expression, such as a literary work, movie, musical work or sound recording, painting, photograph, computer program, or industrial design, for a defined, yet extendable... The current copyright law of the United Kingdom is based on the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988 (the 1988 Act), with later amendments. ... This article deals with the history of copyright law. ... The following is a list of cases that deal with issues of concern to copyright in various jurisdictions. ...

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