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Scottish Copyright Before the Statute of 1710

Citation
Mann A (2000) Scottish Copyright Before the Statute of 1710. Juridical Review, (1), pp. 11-26.

Abstract
The copyright law of the United Kingdom has long been seen as originating from statutory copyright commencing in 1710. However, Scottish copyright, a topic almost ignored by historians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, was a distinct entity long before and developed in quite different directions to English copyright. This article shows that early modern Scottish publishers, printers, authors, lawyers and their courts were familiar with the concepts of literary property and ironically it was Scotland's copyright tradition, and not that of England, which set out on a fortuitous path of preparation towards the Statute of 1710.

Keywords
Copyright law; early modern Scotland; print history; book trade

Journal
Juridical Review, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Mann, Alastair
Publication date31/12/2000
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/24807
PublisherSweet and Maxwell
ISSN0022-6785
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