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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1539Appointment of Academic Printer at the University of Copenhagen ()
1565Lauritz Benedicht's Printing Monopoly ()
1596* Total Ban on Book Imports, Denmark–Norway ()
1670Exclusive Rights to the Book Trade in Christiania ()
1686Abolition of All Monopolies in the Book Trade in Norway () Commentary: [1]
1764Licence to Establish an Office of Advertisements in the City of Bergen () Commentary: [1]