Saxon Copyright Act, Dresden (1844)

Source: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte Frankfurt / Main Dt 9 Ak 9

Saxon Copyright Act, Dresden (1844), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Full title:
Saxon Law on the protection of rights to literary products and works of art; promulgated on 22 February 1844.

Full title original language:
Gesetz, den Schutz der litterarischen Erzeugnisse und Werken der Kunst betreffend

The Act of 1844 replaced all earlier Saxon statutes and decrees on copyright. Because of Leipzig's importance as a trading and printing centre, Saxonian copyright legislation was relevant to many German authors, publishers and booksellers. The strong bearing of publishers on Saxon legislation can be seen from the reciprocity provisions that helped to strengthen the predominant position of local publishers and printers. The Saxonian Copyright Act was not as modern as the Prussian Act of 1837 and was to serve the needs of publishers and the book industry, rather than establishing general authors' rights for writers, composers and artists. The Federal Resolution of 1837 (d_1837b) was implemented in the 1844 Act, but not the performance rights directive of 1841 (Bundesbeschluß vom 22. April 1841), although the latter had officially come into force after its publication in the Saxon Code of Law. The traditional registration formalities (cf. d_1773) were retained and the title refers to 'literary products' (literarische Erzeugnisse), thus avoiding the modern, abstract term of 'works' which could encompass different forms of exploitation. The commentary focusses on the sophisticated Saxonian reciprocity provisions.

1 Commentary:

  • Wächter, Oscar von, 'Das Verlagsrecht' (Stuttgart: Cotta 1857)

  • Meinert, Franz Wilhelm, 'Das königlich-sächsische Gesetz vom 22. Februar 1844 zum Schutz der Rechte an literarischen Erzeugnissen und Werken der Kunst mit kritisch-exegetischen Erläuterungen' (Leipzig: Teubner, 1844)

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Author: Frederick Augustus II

Publisher: Meinhold and Sons

Year: 1844

Location: Dresden

Language: German

Source: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte Frankfurt / Main Dt 9 Ak 9

Persons referred to:
Frederick Augustus II
Könneritz, Julius Traugott von
Nostitz und Jänckendorf, Eduard Gottlob von

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Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Books Commission (Leipzig)
Church Consistory of Leipzig
Leipzig City Council
Leipzig Commercial Court
Saxon Ministry of Justice
Saxon Ministry of the Interior

Saxon Criminal Code
Saxonian Copyright Act 1844

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books, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
duration, post mortem term
engravings, protected subject matter
music publishing
music, protected subject matter
paintings, protected subject matter
penalties, paid to fiscal authorities
penalties, paid to publisher(s)
privileges, Saxon
property theory, publishers' property
public domain
public good
sculpture, protected subject matter
societies, copyright

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