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Decree on Sculptures, Paris (1676)

Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France : Mss. Fr. 22119 n°60

Decree on Sculptures, Paris (1676), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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prohibiting the copying and casting of the
Works of the Sculptors of the Academy.

Of the 21st June 1676.

of the Council of State.

      THE KING having been informed that some
of the Master Sculptors of the City of Paris, under
pretext of the Privileges they claim to have obtained
to make casts of their own works, have started
to cast and to counterfeit those of the Sculptors
of the Royal Academy of Painting & Sculpture,
and in their ignorance corrupt the beauty &
often even change the composition of these works,
adding or subtracting according to the location they
intend for them, & being thus counterfeited, they sell
them in the name of the Academy Sculptors, which
damages considerably the reputation the latter have
gained by their work & study, & deceives the public.
It being necessary to provide for which: HIS MAJESTY
BEING IN COUNCIL, and confirming the
Privileges that He formerly granted the said Academy,
has made and makes interdiction and prohibition
to all Sculptors, Casters & others, of whatever status
or condition, on & under whatever pretext
that may be, to cast, put on sale


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