Electoral Saxon Printing and Censorship Acts from 1549 to 1717, Leipzig (1724)

Source: Universität Freiburg, Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, Frei 81: E 10 - 215

Electoral Saxon Printing and Censorship Acts from 1549 to 1717, Leipzig (1724), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Electoral Saxon Printing and Censorship Acts of 1549, 1562, 1571, 1609, 1620, 1625, 1636, 1661, 1678, 1683, 1686, 1702, 1711, 1717 as published in 1724

Full title original language:
Codex Augusteus oder neuvermehrtes Corpus Juris Saxonici: worinnen die in dem Churfürstenthum Sachsen und dazu gehörigen Landen, auch denen Markgrafthümern Ober- und Niederlausitz, publicirte und ergangene Constitutiones, Decisiones, Mandata und Verordnungen enthalten, nebst einem Elencho, dienlichen Summarien und vollkommenen Registern, Mit Ihrer Königlichen Majestät in Pohlen, als Churfürstens zu Sachen, Allergnädigster Bewilligung ans Licht gegeeben und in richtige Ordnung gebracht von Johann Christian Lünig

In 1625 the clarification was made that book privileges were not 'issued in perpetuity' and in 1686 (in a mandate that was by and large copied from the Emperor's decree of 25 October 1685) it was stated that publishers were 'to refrain from illicit reprinting which causes great harm to those who have honestly acquired books from their authors and who may well have obtained privileges for them'. This wording was interpreted as a general ban of reprinting for both privileged and not-privileged books within a Rescript of 1798. However, this retrospective interpretation is not borne out by the practice of publishers and booksellers in Saxony over the course of the eighteenth century.

1 Commentary:

  • Kapp, Friedrich, 'Geschichte des Deutschen Buchhandels', vol.1 (Leipzig: Verlag des Börsenvereins der deutschen Buchhändler, 1886)

  • Gieseke, Ludwig, 'Vom Privileg zum Urheberrecht' (Baden-Baden: Nomos 1995)

Related documents in this database:
1773: Saxonian Statute

Author: Johann Christian Lünig

Publisher: Son of Johann Friedrich Gleditsch (= Thomas Fritsch)

Year: 1724

Location: Leipzig

Language: German

Source: Universität Freiburg, Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, Frei 81: E 10 - 215

Persons referred to:
Augustus I
Augustus of Saxony
Christian II
Dieterich, Cunrad
Frederick Augustus I
Hutter, Leonhard
Johann Georg I
Johann Georg II
Johann Georg III
Luther, Martin
Maurice I
Schertzer, Johann Adam

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:
Sale of foreign reprints of Saxon privileged books in Saxony
Sale of reprints of C. Dieterich's Sermons on the Seven Penitential Sins
Sale of reprints of Luther's Bible and Hutter's Summaria in Leipzig

Institutions referred to:
Books Commission (Leipzig)
Imperial Diet (Reichstag) at Augsburg 1548
Imperial Diet (Reichstag) at Speyer 1570
Leipzig City Council
Leipzig University
Leipzig fair
Saxon State Chancery
Supreme Consistory (Lutheran Church Council) in Dresden
Wittenberg University

Codex Augusteus (Body of Electoral Saxon Law, published in 1724)
Peace of Westphalia (1648)

Bible, the
anonymous works
book trade
censorship, pre-publication
duration, prolongation of privileges
guild regulation
immoral works
licensing, Approbation
licensing, Imprimatur
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
penalties, paid to publisher(s)
price regulation
printing, history of
privileges, Saxon
privileges, fictitious
religious works

Responsible editor: Friedemann Kawohl

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