Copyright and Literary Property: The Invention of Secondary Authorship

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    The world’s first copyright act established a contradiction between access to content and the rights of the creator (or the purchaser of his or her copies) that has yet to be resolved more than three hundred years later.2 The right to print and reprint books as recognized in the Statute of Anne (1710) only lasted for a limited period (fourteen years if the book was new; a further fourteen if the author remained alive at the end of the initial period), though this gradually increased in the ensuing centuries. The 1842 Copyright Act provided post mortem protection to authors for the first time – this was further strengthened in Britain under the 1911 Copyright Act, which gave protection for fifty years after the author’s death, and which was extended to seventy years in 1995, in line with EU legislation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Literary Authorship
    EditorsIngo Berensmeyer, Gert Buelens, Marysa Demoor
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781316717516
    ISBN (Print)9781107168657
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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