Artistic Copyright Bill, London, London (1869)

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Artistic Copyright Bill, London, London (1869), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Fine Arts Copyright Consolidation and Amendment Bill (No 2) 1869 HL 51

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The Artistic Copyright Bill 1869, presented to the House of Lords by Lord Westbury (Richard Bethell), originated with the Society of Arts, the body that had led the campaign culminating in the Fine Arts Copyright Act 1862. As the Commentary explains, the 1869 Bill favoured the interests of the art collector over the painter; this was unlike the position with the campaign culminating in the 1862 Act, where the Society of Arts’ proposals were prepared by a Copyright Committee dominated by Royal Academician painters. The 1869 Bill, which influenced the recommendations on painting copyright made by the Royal Commission on Copyright in 1878, became the source of furious opposition in the later nineteenth century, by the Royal Academy of Arts.

1 Commentary:

  • Cooper, E., Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

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Location: London

Language: English

Source: Cambridge University Library

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Lord Westbury

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British dominions
Channel Islands
Isle of Man

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British Museum
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Stationers’ Company


Delabere Roberton Blaine
Lord Westbury
Richard Bethell
Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

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