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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1618* Book trade regulations and incorporation of the Parisian book trade Commentary: [1]
1660* Frankfurt Printers' Ordinance Commentary: [1]
1686* Book trade regulations
1724* Electoral Saxon Printing and Censorship Acts from 1549 to 1717 Commentary: [1]
1737* Booksellers' Bill Commentary: [1]
1766* The Swedish Freedom of the Press Ordinance Commentary: [1]
1785* Austrian Statutes on Censorship and Printing Commentary: [1]
1794* Contract between Schiller and Cotta
1809* Baden Civil Code Commentary: [1]
1837* Prussian Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1840* Bilateral Treaty between Austria and Sardinia Commentary: [1]
1841* Report of Lamartine and parliamentary debates on literary property
1844* Saxon Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1844* International Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1846* Austrian Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1847* Literary Property Act Commentary: [1]
1853* Bluntschli: On Authors' Rights Commentary: [1]
1857* Wächter: 'Publishing Right' Commentary: [1]
1870* Copyright Act for the German Empire Commentary: [1]
1876* Copyright Acts for the German Empire regarding works of art, photography, and designs Commentary: [1]
1879* Copyright Act Commentary: [1]