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J.F.F. Ganz's draft for a general ban on reprinting within the whole Empire, Mainz and Fulda (1790)

Source: Retrospektive Digitalisierung wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem deutschen Sprachraum, http://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/diglib/aufklaerung/index.htm.

J.F.F. Ganz's draft for a general ban on reprinting within the whole Empire, Mainz and Fulda (1790), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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XIII. Regulations, Edicts.            405



A brief outline of the reasons for the harmfulness of reprinting for
literature, the book trade, and the reading public in the German
Empire, together with suggestions for the eradication of this
evil by means of an appropriate provision in the next
electoral capitulation for the Empire. June 1790.

§. 1

That the reprinting of books, being an
act of piracy which is perpetrated against
the property of another person, regardless
of whether that person is a writer or a
publisher, is an illegal and punishable
activity, has been demonstrated to such an
extent that it ought to be self-evident.*

*       "The reprinting of books, examined in the
light of true principles of law", by
J. S. Pütter, Göttingen 1774.

      "Presentation of the reasons for the property
constituted by the publishing right, in accordance
with principles of natural right and political
wisdom" by Privy Councillor Feder, "Göttingisches
Magazin" for the year 1780.

      "Report of the Imperial Commission for [University]
Studies and Censorship in Vienna on the

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reprinting of foreign books" by Privy Councillor
von Sonnenfels, "Journal von und für Deutschland",

      "On the property right in intellectual works" by
R. Z. Becker etc., 1789.

      "The banning of reprinting considered as a matter
which necessarily and unhesitatingly ought to be
transferred to those remedies which are provided by
supreme Imperial authority" by A. C. Kayser, Regensburg 1790.

      "An outline of the reasons for the punishable
nature of reprinting, and suggestions on how this
evil could be prevented by means of a generally binding
Imperial law", Regensburg 1790.


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