Debates in Congress, Washington D.C. (1837)

Source: Library of Congress: Register of Debates, 24th Cong., 2nd Sess., 1837, 670-671.

Debates in Congress, Washington D.C. (1837), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Debates in Congress: 'Copy-Rights to Foreigners'

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The record of debate in Senate on the subject of copyright protection to British authors. The debate was triggered by a petition of British authors submitted to the Senate by Henry Clay.

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Year: 1837

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: Library of Congress: Register of Debates, 24th Cong., 2nd Sess., 1837, 670-671.

Persons referred to:
Buchanan, James
Calhoun, John Caldwell
Clay, Henry
Ewing, Thomas
Grundy, Felix
Preston, William Campbell
Webster, Daniel

Places referred to:
Great Britain

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Institutions referred to:
Joint Committee on the Library (U.S. Congress)
U.S. Congress


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