Venetian Reprint of the French Decree of 30 August 1777, on the duration of privileges, Venice (1780)

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Venetian Reprint of the Decree of 30 August 1777 of the King's Council of State in France, on the duration of privileges

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That several Venetian publishers led by 'Heirs of Niccolò Pezzana', who had recently petitioned the Senate for the ruling of 30 July 1780 establishing a perpetuity of privileges to be repealed, should soon afterwards reprint the French royal decree of 30 August 1777 is not surprising. For these provisions - the last major set of book trade regulations enacted under the Ancien Régime - established a clear time-limit on the printing privileges held by booksellers (normally the author's lifetime) and decreed (in Art. VI) that a permit to print a new edition of the work after the author's death could be requested not just by the first privilege-holder but by other publishers, too. The anti-monopolistic tenor of this French decree tallied with the aspirations of these major Venetian publishers who were anxious to preserve their liberty of reprinting their less wealthy colleagues' publications once the privileges for these had expired.

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1777: French Decree of 30 August 1777, on the duration of privileges
1781: 'Pezzana e Consorti' case: counter-petition and rulings

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Publisher: Pezzana e Consorti

Year: 1780

Location: Venice

Language: Italian

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Persons referred to:
Amelot de Chaillou, Antoine-Jean
Le Camus de Neville, François Claude Michel Benoît
Louis XVI

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Chambre syndicale des libraires et imprimeurs (Paris)
King's Council of State (France)
Parisian Guild of Booksellers and Printers

Decree of the King's Council on the duration of privileges (1777)

authors' remuneration
duration, prolongation of privileges
licensing, Approbation
licensing, Imprimatur
perpetual protection
price regulation
privileges, printing

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