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PRIMARY SOURCES

ON COPYRIGHT

(1450-1900)

Swedish Freedom of the Press Ordinance, Stockholm (1810)

Source: Kong. Maj:ts Och Riksens Ständers Faststälde Tryckfrihets-Förordning; Dat. Stockholm den 9 Martii 1810. Cum Gratia & Privilegio S:æ R:æ Maj:tis. STOCKHOLM, Tryckt i Kongl. Tryckeriet, 1810.

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Swedish Freedom of the Press Ordinance, Stockholm (1810), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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We, the undersigned Estates of the Swedish Realm, Counts, Barons, Bishops, Nobility, Clergy, Burghers, and Common People, now assembled here in Stockholm for the General Diet, hereby declare: As provided for in the Constitution accepted by Us on 6 June of the preceding year and ratified by the King and the Estates, the Freedom of the Press has been granted to the Swedish People, by virtue of the provision in Article 86 of the said Constitution, which defines Freedom of the Press as every Swedish man's right to publish writings without any prior restrictions imposed by the public authorities, to be held accountable before a Legal Court of law for their content, and not to be punished otherwise unless the content violates clear law intended to preserve public peace and not to impede public enlightenment. Therefore, and with regard to the aims thus prescribed, We hereby declare that everyone is free and open to express and communicate his thoughts in any form of writing, subject to the regulations against the abuse of Freedom of the Press, which shall be expressly stipulated below in accordance with the General Law of the Realm, with regard to the internal peace and external security of the State, as well as the sanctity associated with the Highest Power, the Authority, the individual Citizen, and Morals related to it, in any subject, regardless of whether it concerns this Realm, foreign lands, the present time, or the past, living persons, or the deceased. As a result of this, and along with our obligation to all those who may be legally

 



    


Wi efterskrifne Swea Rikes Ständer, Grefwar, Friherrar, Biskopar, Ridderskap och Adel, Klerkeri, Borgerskap och Menige Allmoge, som nu här i Stockholm til Allmän Riksdag församlade äro, Göre weterligt: at som uti den af Oss, under den 6 sistledne Junii antagne och af Konung och Ständer faststälda Regerings-Form, Tryckfriheten blifwit Swenska Folket tilerkänd, förmedelst det stadgande i berörde Grundlags 86. §. at med Tryckfrihet bör förstås hwarje Swensk Mans rättighet at, utan några af den offentliga Magten i förwäg lagda hinder, utgifwa Skrifter; at sedermera inför Laglig Domstol kunna tiltalas för deras innehåll, och at icke i annat fall kunna derföre straffas, än om detta innehåll strider emot tydlig Lag, gifwen at bewara allmänt lugn, utan at återhålla allmän uplysning; altså och med hänsigt til de sålunda föreskrifne ändamål, hafwe Wi härmed welat förklara hwar och en fritt och öppet, at, med iakttagande af de föreskrifter mot Tryckfrihetens missbruk, hwilka här nedanföre, i öfwerensstämmelse med Rikets Allmänna Lag, skola uttryckligen stadgas, i afseende på Statens  inwärtes lugn och utwärtes säkerhet, samt det Högsta Wäsendets, Öfwerhetens, den enskilde Medborgarens och Sedernes dermed förknippade helgd, sina tankar uttrycka och meddela i alla ämnen i hwad skrifart som helst, och ehwad föremålet skulle wara detta Rike enskildt eller främmande Länder, et närwarande Tidhwarf eller de förflutna, lefwande personer eller aflidne. Til följd häraf och jemte det Wi härmed förpligte alla dem, på hwilka en laglig



    


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