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Ordinance concerning Printers, Booksellers and School masters, Brussels (1570)

Source: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KW 1704 C 55

Ordinance concerning Printers, Booksellers and School masters, Brussels (1570), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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articles provided, and each of them in particular. On penalty, fine and arbitration sentencing, aside the seizing and confiscation of the aforesaid printed books.


All which points and articles, and each of them, we wish and order to be strictly complied with and observed, without any remission, reprieve, exception or forebearance. On the aforesaid penalty, fine, sentencing and seizing. Which penalty, fine, and seizing will be disbursed and allocated, one third share for our benefit, another third share for the benefit of the complainant, and the third third share for the benefit of the officer who will do the implementation thereof.



articlen voirscreuen, ende elcken van dien besundere. Op pene, boete ende correctie arbitrale, bouen de verbuerte ende confiscatie vande voirseyde geprinte boecken.


Alle welcke puncten ende articlen, ende elcken van dien, willen ende ordineren wy scerpelijcken geobserueert ende onderhouden te worden, zonder eenich verdrach, gunste, exceptie oft dissimulatie. Op pene, boete, correctie ende confiscatie voirscreuen. Welcke pene, boete ende confiscatie bekeert ende geappliceert sal wesen, d'een derdendeel t'onsen proffijte, d'ander derdendeel tot proffijte vanden aenbringer, ende t'derde derdendeel tot proffijte vanden officier, die d'executie daervan doen zal.


D'examinatie ende approbatie vanden boeck oft scriftuere die gedruct ende geprint sal worden, eerst geteeckent zijnde byden autheur, sal gedaen worden byden Bisscop oft anderen, by hem daertoe gestelt, ende den inquisiteur. Ende sal voirts byden seluen ondergescreuen worden, volgende t'gene dat by t'voirseyde heylich concilium van Trente geordineert is geweest, mit attestatie oft t'selfde goet is, ende geen dwalinge oft schandael inhoudt, oft andere zake die eenichsins foude mogen offenseren.


Welcke commissarisen huere examinatie ende approbatie doen sullen, zonder vuytstel ende sonder salaris daeraff te nemen. Maer beroerende de boecken nieuwelincx gemaect, oft te voorschijne gebracht (die de voirseyde commissarisen mit aller vliet ende nersticheyt duersien ende visiteren sullen) sal deshaluen getaxeert ende gestelt worden zekeren salaris voir hun moeyte ende arbeyt, nae aduenant vanden tijt, dat zy daertoe verstaen ende vaceren sullen, Te wetene zekeren prijs byden blade, nae den tijt ende plaetse van huere residentie. Welcken tax gemaect sal worden byden voirseyden hooftprinter,om by alle de commissarisen vander seluer plaetsen naeghevolght te worden. Ende sal den seluen tax betaelt worden byden ghenen die den boeck sal doen printen, voir de declaratie vander approbatie oft reprobatie, t'zy den seluen geapprobeert worde, oft niet, ende dit in aensieninge vande moeyte ende aerbeyt die zy hebben sullen int lefen ende d'examinatie vanden voirseyden boeck.


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