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.

All documents for United States: Keyword books, protected subject matter

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1783* Connecticut Copyright Statute Commentary: [1]
1783Massachusetts Copyright Statute
1783Maryland Copyright Statute
1783New Jersey Copyright Statute
1783New Hampshire Copyright Statute
1784Pennsylvania Copyright Statute
1784South Carolina Copyright Statute
1785Virginia Copyright Statute
1785North Carolina Copyright Statute
1786Georgia Copyright Statute
1786New York Copyright Statute
1787Constitutional Convention Journal Entry
1787Madison's Journal Record
1787Madison's Edited Journal Record
1788The Federalist No. 43
1789Joint Copyright Patent Bill [H.R. 10]
1790* Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1790-1800Sample registrations
18021802 Amendment
1828H.R. 140 Committee Bill
1828H.R. 140 Consolidated Bill
1831* Copyright Act Commentary: [1]
1831House Debate
1853British-American Copyright Convention Draft
1861* Confederate States of America Copyright Act
1863Confederate States of America Copyright Act Amendement
1865* Copyright Act Amendment
1870* Copyright Act
1879* Baker v. Selden Commentary: [1]
1879Baker's Argument