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French Decree on Musical Publications, Paris (1786)

Source: Archives nationales : AD 1075 (document conservé aux Archives nationales, Paris).

French Decree on Musical Publications, Paris (1786), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Which establishes an office of stamps
for music.

Of 15 September 1786.

Extract of the Registers of the Council of State.

      The King, being made to take into account, in his
Council, memoranda presented by the Authors, Composers &
Merchants of music, for the purpose of stopping the
circulation of counterfeits which cause damage to the
rights of the Artists and to the progress of the art,
especially since the works of this nature are sufficiently
sought after to awaken greed & encourage fraud; His
Majesty having recognized that by these abuses the
property rights are from day to day less respected and
that talents are deprived of their productions: To which
purpose wishing to provide; the King being in his Council,


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