Prussian Copyright Act, Berlin (1837)

Source: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt

Prussian Copyright Act, Berlin (1837), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Full title:
Law for the Protection of Property in Works of Scholarship and the Arts against Reprinting and Reproduction

Full title original language:
Gesetz zum Schutze des Eigentums an Werken der Wissenschaft und der Kunst gegen Nachdruck und Nachbildung

Together with the Confederation's Directive of 1837 (d_1837b), the Prussian Statute set the standard for future copyright legislation. A detailed commentary on it was published in 1838 by Eduard Hitzig, the head of the Society of (Literary) Copyright Experts (d_1838), the establishment of which had been decreed in §§.17 and 31.

1 Commentary:

  • Wadle, Elmar. 'Das preußische Urheberrechtsgesetz von 1837 im Spiegel seiner Vorgeschichte'. in: Geistiges Eigentum I ((Weinheim: VCH 1996. p. 167-222

  • Hitzig, Julius Eduard. Das König. Preußische Gesetz vom 11. Juni 1837 zum Schutze des Eigenthums an Werken der Wissenschaft und Kunst gegen Nachdruck und Nachbildung / Dargest. in seinem Entstehen u. erl. in seinen einzelnen Bestimmungen aus den amtlichen Quellen (Berlin: Dümmler, 1838) reprinted in UFITA 107 (1988) 163-226, fulltext'151874_00000001'

Related documents in this database:
1835: Copyright statement of Johann Strauss for Austria and Prussia
1837: Directive for reciprocal copyright protection within the German Confederation
1838: Ordinance on the Establishment of Societies of Copyright Experts
1848: Expert opinions of the Prussian Literary Experts' Association 1838-1847
1838: Address of Certain Authors

Author: N.N.

Publisher: Gesetz=Sammlungs=Debits=und Zeitungs=Komtoir

Year: 1837

Location: Berlin

Language: German

Source: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt

Persons referred to:
Altenstein, Karl Sigmund Franz Freiherr von Stein zum
Duesberg, Franz Gerhard Xaver von
Frederick William III
Kamptz, Karl Albert von
Karl Friedrich August, Duke of Mecklenburg
Mühler, Heinrich Gottlob von

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Prussian Ministry for Religious, Educational, and Medical Affairs
Prussian State Council
Prussian State Ministry
Prussian Supreme Board of Artistic Trustees

Prussian Copyright Act 1837

anonymous works
applied art, protected subject matter
architecture, protected subject matter
attribute, obligation to
authorship, corporate
books, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
duration, post mortem term
editions, new
engravings, protected subject matter
maps, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter
oral works, protected subject matter
penalties, paid to author(s)
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
public performance
scholarly writing
sculpture, protected subject matter
societies, authors'
societies, copyright
translation, right of
translations, protection of

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