Copyright Act Amendment, Washington D.C. (1865)

Source: Library of Congress: 13 Stat. 540

Copyright Act Amendment, Washington D.C. (1865), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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An Act supplemental to an Act entitled 'An Act to amend the several Acts respecting Copyright'

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An amendment to the Copyright Act that introduced for the first time copyright protection to photographs. The commentary explores the mutual influences of copyright law and the field of photography that began to emerge in the second half of the nineteenth century and gathered momentum during the Civil War. Photography was constructed using competing images in copyright discourse, as a non-artistic activity based on mechanical skill or as a creative field of original authorship. At the same time photography presented a challenge to central concepts within copyright thought and contributed to their development and transformation during the late nineteenth century. This process was most conspicuous in regard to the concept of originality in copyright law.

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  • Panzer, Mary. Mathew Brady and the image of history. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Portrait Gallery, 1997.

  • Farley, Christine Haight. 'Copyright Law's Response to the Invention of Photography.' 65 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 385 (2004).

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Year: 1865

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: Library of Congress: 13 Stat. 540

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U.S. Copyright Act 1831, 21st Cong., 2d Sess., 4 Stat. 436
U.S. Copyright Amendment Act 1856, 11 Stat. 138
U.S. Copyright Amendment Act 1865 (extending copyright to photographs), 13 Stat. 540, c.126

books, protected subject matter
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photography, protected subject matter

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