William Billings' Second Petition, Massachusetts (1772)

Source: Massachusetts Archives, LVIII, 598-599.

William Billings' Second Petition, Massachusetts (1772), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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William Billings' Second Petition to the Massachusetts Governor and House of Representatives

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A petition submitted by William Billings to the Massachusetts colonial governor and legislature applying for exclusive printing rights in his book of tunes. This is the first known petition by an author for exclusive printing rights in his work in the North American British colonies.

Commentary: No commentaries for this record.

  • Silver, Rollo G. 'Prologue to Copyright in America: 1772.' Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia 11 (1958): 259.

  • Crawford, Richard and David P. McKay. William Billings of Boston: Eighteenth Century Composer. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1975.

  • Buechner, Alan C. 'Review of William Billings of Boston: Eighteenth Century Composer by David P. McKay and Richard Crawford.' Notes 33. 2nd Ser. (1976): 284-6.

Related documents in this database:
1672: Usher's Printing Privilege

Author: William Billings

Publisher: N/A

Year: 1772

Location: Massachusetts

Language: English

Source: Massachusetts Archives, LVIII, 598-599.

Persons referred to:
Billings, William
George III
Hutchinson, Thomas

Places referred to:
Massachusetts Bay

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Massachusetts General Court
Massachusetts House of Representatives


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