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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1501* Imperial Senate privilege to the Sodalitas Celtica Commentary: [1]
1590* Giovanni Fratta's 'On the Dedication of Books'
1778* Pluquet's letters Commentary: [1]
1785* Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing Commentary: [1]
1790* J.F.F. Ganz's draft for a general ban on reprinting within the whole Empire Commentary: [1]
1790* Petition by the printmakers and proprietors of copperplates to the National Assembly, May
1815* Annotated Publishers' Petition to the Congress of Vienna Commentary: [1]
1830* Amended music publishers' agreement against piracy Commentary: [1]
1835* Copyright statement of Johann Strauss for Austria and Prussia Commentary: [1]
1840* Bilateral Treaty between Austria and Sardinia Commentary: [1]
1841* Report of Lamartine and parliamentary debates on literary property