This is a freely-accessible, publicly-funded digital archive that collects together significant documents relating to the history of copyright law and practice. The documents have been selected by national editors, with the input of an editorial advisory board. Key documents are, where appropriate, transcribed and translated. The editors have written commentaries, explaining the reasons for selecting documents and their significance. The project was launched in 2008, initially funded by the AHRC in relation to 5 countries. Since 2024 it is supported by the AHRC as UK research infrastructure. The archive now extends to more than 20 (including historical and religious) jurisdictions and over 700 primary source documents. They can be browsed by date/language/jurisdiction, or searched.

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1772William Billings' Printing Privilege
1783Petition of John Ledyard
1790-1800Sample registrations
1826Letter from Daniel Webster to Noah Webster
1828Letter from Donaldson to Peters
1838Memorial of the New York Typographical Society
1838Memorial of a Number of Citizens of Boston
1841* Folsom v. Marsh Commentary: [1]
1843An Address to the People of the United States
1847* A Treatise on the Law of Copyright Commentary: [1]
1853Letters on International copyright
1853Affidavit of Harriet Beecher Stowe
1888American Authors and British Pirates
1890Report on H.R. 10881
1896Hearing on H.R. 5976
1896The Question of Copyright