Copyright Act, Washington D.C. (1870)

Source: Library of Congress: 16 Stat. 198.

Copyright Act, Washington D.C. (1870), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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An Act to revise, consolidate, and amend the Statutes relating to Patents and Copyrights

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The second general revision of the Copyright Act. The commentary surveys the more significant changes introduced by the revision of 1870. These included both procedural and substantive reforms. The administration of copyright was reorganized and centralized in the hands of the Library of Congress, a step that in time would give rise to the position of a Register of Copyright and the Copyright Office. On the substantive side, the subject matter of copyright was significantly expanded, and new entitlements such as the right of translation and an extended dramatization right were added.

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  • Patry, William F. Patry on Copyright, § 1:33. St. Paul, Minn.: Thompson-West, 2007.

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Year: 1870

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: Library of Congress: 16 Stat. 198.

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U.S. Copyright Act 1870, 16 Stat. 198

applied art, protected subject matter
books, protected subject matter
dramatic works, protected subject matter
drawings, protected subject matter
engravings, protected subject matter
maps, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter
paintings, protected subject matter
patents, for invention
photography, protected subject matter
public performance
sculpture, protected subject matter

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