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General privilege granted to Adrien Le Roy and Robert Ballard, Paris (1552)

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22077 n°2

General privilege granted to Adrien Le Roy and Robert Ballard, Paris (1552), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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[Royal printing patent for
music, granted by Henri II
to Messrs Adrien Le Roy
and Robert Ballard.]

                                          Henry by the Grace of God King
                                    of France, to our dear and loyal subjects, the people who
                                    maintain our Court of Parlement, the Provost of Paris, the
                                    general councillors, in matters of justice, of our assistants
                                    in Paris and appointed at the said place, and to all our other
                                    authorities and officials or sub-lieutenants, and to every one
                                    of them as will be his due, Greetings and affection. We would
                                    have you know that, taking into consideration the good and
                                    agreeable services which have been rendered to us so far by
                                    our dear and much beloved Adrian Le Roy and Robert
                                    Ballard, music printers residing in Paris, that in consideration
                                    of the latter and their contributions in taxes [cens], their
                                    competence, probity and good experience, we have appointed
                                    and do appoint them by these presents to the rank and position of
                                    Royal printers for the printing of all kinds of music, both vocal
                                    and instrumental, so that henceforth they may serve us with
                                    the accustomed honours, powers, prerogatives, franchises,
                                    exemptions, privileges, profits, revenues and emoluments such
                                    as were normally enjoyed by those whom we had hitherto
                                    appointed to the said position and, in addition, we have
                                    permitted them and do permit them always, and in the future,
                                    to print all kinds of music, both vocal and instrumental, by
                                    any Author or authors whomsoever, notwithstanding all other
                                    Letters contrary to these presents which may have been
                                    obtained [by petitioners in the past] and the obtention of which


[Brevet d'Impr. du Roy,
pour la musique, accordé
par Henry II. aux S[ieu]rs
Adrian Le Roy et Robert

                                          Henry par la grace de Dieu Roy
                                    de France a nos amez et feaux, les gens tenans notre Cour de
                                    Parlement, Prevost de Paris, generaux conseillers sur le fait
                                    de la justice de nos haydes [aides] a Paris et Elus au dit Lieu et a tous nos
                                    autres justiciers et officiers ou sous Lieutenants et a chacun d'eux
                                    si comme a lui appartiendra, Salut et dilection. Scavoir
                                    faisons que nous ayant egard aux bons et agreables services
                                    que nous ont par cy devant fait nos chers et bien amez Adrian
                                    Le Roy et Robert Ballard, imprimeurs de Musique
                                    demeurans a Paris, en consideration desquels et de leurs cens,
                                    suffisance, prudhommie et bonne experience iceux avons
                                    retenus et retenons par ces presentes ès etats et offices de nos
                                    imprimeurs pour imprimer toute sorte de musique tant
                                    vocalle que instrumentalle et ès dits etats nous servir doresenavant
                                    aux honneurs, autorités, prerogatives, franchises, libertés,
                                    privileges, profits, revenus et emolumens accoutumés tels et
                                    semblables que ont accoutumé jouir ceux qui ont par cidevant
                                    eté par nous retenus audit Etat et d'abondant leur avons
                                    permis et permettons de toujours et a l'avenir imprimer toute
                                    sorte de Musique tant vocalle que instrumentalle de quelque
                                    Auteur ou auteurs que ce soit nonobstant toutes autres Lettres
                                    a ces presentes contraires impetrées que a impetrer auxquelles


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