Dramatic Literary Property Act, London (1833)

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Dramatic Literary Property Act, London (1833), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Dramatic Literary Property Act, 1833, 3 & 4 Will.IV, c.15

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The commentary describes the background to the Act. It considers the case-law prior to the passing of the Act including arguments as to the existence of a public performance right at common law, as well as setting the legislation within the context of a general parliamentary review in 1832 concerning 'the State of the Laws affecting Dramatic Literature, and the performance of the Drama' in Britain.

1 Commentary:

  • Stephens, J.R., The Profession of the Playwright: British Theatre 1800-1900, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

  • Moody, J., Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770-1840 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

  • Davis, T.C., The Economics of the British Stage, 1800-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Related documents in this database:
1830: Dramatic Writings Bill
1832: Select Committee Report: Dramatic Literature
1832: Parliamentary Debates on Drama and Dramatic Literature (31 May)
1833: Parliamentary Debates on the Dramatic Literary Property Act (12 March)
1833: Parliamentary Debates on the Dramatic Literary Property Act (24 July)
1833: Bill to amend the Laws relating to Dramatic Literary Property
1856: Copyright Act Amendment

Author: N/A

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1833

Location: London

Language: English

Source: Durham University Library

Persons referred to:
George III
William IV

Places referred to:
Great Britain
Isle of Man

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:

Copyright Act, 1814, 54 Geo.III, c.156
Dramatic Literary Property Act, 1833, 3 & 4 Will.IV, c.15

dramatic works, protected subject matter
dramatico-musical works, protected subject matter
penalties, paid to author(s)
public performance
societies, copyright

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