Rhode Island Copyright Statute, Rhode Island (1783)

Source: Rhode Island State Archives C#00210 # 105: Acts and Resolves of the Rhode Island General Assembly 23: 6-7.

Rhode Island Copyright Statute, Rhode Island (1783), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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An Act for the purpose of securing to authors the exclusive right and benefit of publishing literary productions for twenty-one years

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One of the general copyright statutes protecting authors legislated by twelve out of the thirteen states in the 1780s.

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  • Crawford, Francine. 'Pre-Constitutional Copyright Statutes.' Bull. Copyright Soc. 23 (1975): 11-37.

  • Bugbee, Bruce Willis. The Genesis of American Patent and Copyright Law. Washington D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1967.

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1783: Continental Congress Resolution
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1783: Maryland Copyright Statute
1783: New Jersey Copyright Statute
1783: New Hampshire Copyright Statute
1784: Pennsylvania Copyright Statute
1784: South Carolina Copyright Statute
1785: Virginia Copyright Statute
1785: North Carolina Copyright Statute
1786: Georgia Copyright Statute
1786: New York Copyright Statute
1788: The Federalist No. 43

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Year: 1783

Location: Rhode Island

Language: English

Source: Rhode Island State Archives C#00210 # 105: Acts and Resolves of the Rhode Island General Assembly 23: 6-7.

Persons referred to:
Bowen, Jabez
Greene, William

Places referred to:
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Rhode Island

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Rhode Island General Assembly

Rhode Island Copyright Statute 1783

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