Lauritz Benedicht's Printing Monopoly, Copenhagen (1565)

Source: Danske Kancelli: Registre over alle Lande nr. 5-10 (1546-1571) B19D: 8 1561 – 1566. Location: The Danish National Archives.

Lauritz Benedicht's Printing Monopoly, Copenhagen (1565), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Lauritz Benedict has been granted freedom in his printing business as follows...

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Lauritz Benedicht fick frihet paa hans tryckerij saa liudendis...

This document shows how the Copenhagen printer Lauritz Benedicht was granted a monopoly on printing books in Danish, German and Latin in Denmark, even though his output was still subject to approval by the university. Unauthorised reprinting was strictly forbidden and punished. The privilege is a clear indication of the ambitions of the Danish-Norwegian authorities to centralise the printing industry by keeping Benedict in Copenhagen and under strict auspices.

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1565: Lauritz Benedicht's Printing Monopoly

Author: Frederick II of Denmark

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Year: 1565

Location: Copenhagen

Language: Danish

Source: Danske Kancelli: Registre over alle Lande nr. 5-10 (1546-1571) B19D: 8 1561 – 1566. Location: The Danish National Archives.

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