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Decree on Fine Arts, Paris (1714)

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

Decree on Fine Arts, Paris (1714), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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granting Privilege to the Royal Academy
of Painting & Sculpture, and to Aca-
demicians, to have their Works printed and
reproduced; with interdiction to all Printers,
Printmakers and other persons, except for those
whom the Academy has selected,
to print, engrave or copy, sell
pirated impressions, on pain of a fine
of 3,000 livres, confiscation of all
the pirated Impressions, Presses, Types,
engraved Plates, & other tools which
have served to print them, &c.

Of the 28th June 1714.

of State.

      The King being in Council & having had
presented to him that since the time it pleased
His Majesty to bestow on the Royal Academy marks
of his affection it had applied itself increasingly and
with care to the cultivation of the Fine Arts which have
always been the domain of its expertise; and since the
end that His Majesty had in mind in establishing


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