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Abolition of All Monopolies in the Book Trade in Norway, Copenhagen (1686)

Source: The Danish National Archives via Digitalarkivet, Danske Kanselli 1572-1799, RA/EA-3023/F/Fc/Fca/Fcab/L0013: Norske tegnelser (mikrofilm), 1684-1687, s. 272a-b.

Abolition of All Monopolies in the Book Trade in Norway, Copenhagen (1686), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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[V:S:G: & B: C:] Be advised that we have received several complaints that those who have been granted privileges to trade in books in our kingdom of Norway have committed great offences, so that our humble subjects cannot buy the books they wish to buy. And if the privileged are found guilty, they will have to pay. We shall therefore kindly cease and abolish all monopolies concerning trade in books, especially within our realm of Norway.



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Stadtholder Guldenlewe at alle monopolia anlangende Böger-handlingen i Norge, skal være afskaffede.

V:S:G: oc B: C: Viide maa du, at saaesom adskillige Klagemaal for Os er indkomne, at med de Privilegier, vj til ere og ander udi Vort Riige Norge alleene med Böger at Handle forhengivet haver, store Misbrug skal begaaes, fra Voris Kiere Undersaatter skal ike alleniste vij kunde faa alle Böger til Kiöbe, som begieris Mens ved oc hvis af de Priviligeerde falholdis, udi dyre domme skal maa betale, Da haver vi allernaadigst for gotbefinden alle Monopolia, Böger-Handlingen angaaende, over alt udi Vort Riige Norge aldeelis at ophøre oc afskaffe



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