PRIMARY SOURCES

ON COPYRIGHT

(1450-1900)

Swedish Copyright Act, Stockholm (1877)

Source: Reglemente för riksgäldskontoret, utfärdat vid slutet af 1877 års riksdag. Stockholm, tryckt hos A. L. Normans boktryckeri-antikbolag, 1877.

Citation:
Swedish Copyright Act, Stockholm (1877), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Law regarding ownership of writings

Full title original language:
Lag, angående eganderätt till skrift

Abstract:
The ordinance installed the first legally sanctioned freedom of the press in the world and was preceded by decades of discussions, proposals, and investigations. The issued ordinance was a compromise between various interests; it was not the unlimited freedom of the press that many had hoped for. Prior censorship was abolished except for theological writings, but it was still forbidden to publish seditious libel, defamation, and indecencies. As long as the author was known and took responsibility for the written material, the printer could not be prosecuted, which was a relaxation of previous restrictions. Book import was still regulated. Despite these limitations, the freedom of the press ordinance meant an upswing, particularly for political pamphleteering, and several new printing houses were established.

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Related documents in this database:
1877: Swedish Copyright Act

Author: Oscar II

Publisher: A. L. Normans

Year: 1877

Location: Stockholm

Language: Swedish

Source: Reglemente för riksgäldskontoret, utfärdat vid slutet af 1877 års riksdag. Stockholm, tryckt hos A. L. Normans boktryckeri-antikbolag, 1877.

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Institutions referred to:
Swedish National Assembly

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Keywords:
authorship
books, protected subject matter
dramatic works, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
duration
duration, post mortem term
inventions
music, protected subject matter
originality
penalties
reprints

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