Annotated Publishers' Petition to the Congress of Vienna (1815)

Source: Scanned from a reprint edition (Reutlingen: Gryphius Verlag, 1971). The original used for scanning was the copy from Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen

Annotated Publishers' Petition to the Congress of Vienna (1815), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Full title:
Publishers' petition to the Congress of Vienna (1814-15), presented here in an annotated version reflecting the point of view of the reprinting publishers and entitled 'Crisis of the German Book Trade Caused by German Publishers'. It was actually an annotated reprint of the 'Memorandum on the reprinting of books, including a petition for a German state law against this. Submitted with the greatest respect to the illustrious envoys of the German States at the Congress of Vienna in the name of the German book publishers' (Leipzig: Paul Gotthelf Kummer, 1814)

Full title original language:
Die Krisis des deutschen Buchhandels, herbeigeführt durch deutsche Buchhändler. Oder abgedrungene Beleuchtung der Denkschrift über den Büchernachdruck

Since the German Federal Act did eventually include a declaration about the need to regulate reprinting, Cotta and his rivals all pinned their hopes on the Federal Assembly. However, no major step was taken by the latter until the mid-1830s. In Württemberg, however, reprinting of books from other states continued to be an important business until the promulgation of the Württemberg Copyright Act in 1838.

1 Commentary:

  • Widmann, Hans, 'Aus der Geschichte des Reutlinger Druck- und Verlagswesens', in J.U. Hebsaker (ed.), 'Rückblick für die Zukunft. Berichte über Bücher, Buchhändler und Verleger' (Reutlingen: Ensslin & Laiblin 1968), 27-107

  • Gergen, Thomas, 'Die Nachdruckprivilegienpraxis Württembergs im 19. Jahrhundert und ihre Bedeutung für das Urheberrecht im Deutschen Bund' (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2007)

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1837: Directive for reciprocal copyright protection within the German Confederation

Author: N.N. [Mäcken]

Publisher: J. J. Mäcken

Year: 1815

Location: N/A

Language: German

Source: Scanned from a reprint edition (Reutlingen: Gryphius Verlag, 1971). The original used for scanning was the copy from Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen

Persons referred to:
Bertuch, Friedrich Justin
Böhmer, Justus Henning
Charles VI of Habsburg
Cotta, Johann Georg
Fichte, Johann Gottlieb
Fouqué, Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Baron de la Motte
Gundling, Nikolaus Hieronymus
Göbhardt, Tobias
Hartknoch, Johann Friedrich Jr
Kant, Immanuel
Kummer, Paul Gotthelf
La Fontaine, Jean de
Linguet, Simon Nicolas Henri
Luther, Martin
Napoleon I
Pütter, Johann Stephan
Richter, Carl Friedrich Enoch
Schiller, Friedrich
Schlettwein, Johann August
Sonnenfels, Joseph von
Vogel, Friedrich Christian Wilhelm
Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet de
Werner, Johann Balthasar

Places referred to:
St Petersburg

Cases referred to:
Complaint by Electorate of Hanover to the Privy Council of Bamberg, regarding the reprinte ...
Nuremberg reprint of a book published by the Russian Academy of Sciences (1755)
Remonstrance by Electorate of Hanover to the City of Frankfurt, concerning reprinting (175 ...

Institutions referred to:
J G Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart (f.1659)
Leipzig Law Faculty
Russian Academy of Sciences
Wittenberg Law Faculty

Prussian Statute Book 1794 (ALR)
Saxonian Statute (1773), on regulation of the book trade
Saxonian Statute 1686

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Vienna Congress
author/publisher relations
authors' remuneration
book trade
international agreements, multilateral
learning, the advancement of
moral rights
moral rights, divulgation (first publication)
price regulation
property analogies
property theory, publishers' property
public good
public performance
scholarly writing

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