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Privilege for printing music for the Indies , Seville (1559)

Source: Archivo General de Indias, AGI, Indiferente, 425, L.23

Privilege for printing music for the Indies , Seville (1559), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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            The King.

      For your part, Alonso Pérez,
      a Presbyterian clergyman, beneficiary of
      Rodilana, I have been informed that
      you are the author of Church books and
      on the understanding that there is a lack of
      them in the Church of our Indies, with
      zeal you must take advantage of this and
      because many are missing, you do not wish
      to do what is most convenient to the Divine
      Offices. You wish to print the the above-
      mentioned books on parchment and for
      the cost of printing to be for your expense.
      To do so, you hereby request that for ten
      years, no other person should print them
      in our Indies nor take them to any other
      kingdom. I have been asked to issue and
      grant a licence to you, or whoever you
      have empowered to do so, so that you may
      print these song books in parchment, or by
      any other means. Moreover, I, respecting the
      above, accept this as being good. Therefore,
      I hereby issue a licence and authorize you,
      Alonso Pérez, or whoever you have
      empowered to do so, for a time and period
      of ten years counted from the date of my
      certificate, so that you can print the above-
      mentioned song books in parchment in our
      Indies, Islands and Terra Firma of the ocean.
      All the



            El Rey.

      Por quanto por parte de vos, Alonso Pérez,
      clérigo presbítero, benefiçiado en el lugar
      de Rodilana, me a sido hecha relación que
      vos soys escritor de libros de Yglesias y
      que por tener entendido la falta que de-
      llos ay en la Yglesias de las nuestras Yndias
      con çelo que teneis que sean aprobechadas
      y que por falta dellos no se dexen de hazer
      como conbiene los Dibinos ofiçios, vos os
      obligaréis a ymprimir en pargamino los
      dichos libros y hazer a vuestra costa la enplenta
      para el hefecto con que nos os hiziésemos
      merçed de mandar que, por tiempo de diez años, otra
      nynguna persona no los pudiese ynprimir
      en las dichas nuestras Yndias ni llevarlos a ellas
      destos reynos. E me fue suplicado lo manda-
      se ansy probeer e daros liçençia para que vos,
      o quien vuestro poder oviere, pudiésedes yn-
      primir los dichos libros de canto en par-
      gamino, o como la mi merçed fuese. E yo, acatan-
      do lo suso dicho, e lo avido por bien. Por ende, por
      la presente doy liçençia e facultad a vos,
      el dicho Alonso Pérez, o a quien vuestro poder oviere,
      para que por tiempo y espaçio de los dichos diez
      años que corren y se quentan desde el día
      de la fecha desta mi çedula en adelante, podáis
      ynprimir, los dichos libros de canto en par-
      gamino, en las dichas nuestras Yndias, Yslas
      e Tierra Firme del mar océano, y todos


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