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Swedish Ordinance on the Limitation of Terms of Protection, Stockholm (1841)

Source: Swensk Författnings-Samling, No. 71, 1841. Kongl. Maj:ts och Riksens Ständers faststälde Tryckfrihets-förordning; Dat. Örebro den 16 Julii 1812. Med de derefter, och sist wid Riksdagen i Stockholm åren 1840 och 1841, af Konungens och Riksens Ständer antagna förändringar. Location: National Archives of Sweden.

Swedish Ordinance on the Limitation of Terms of Protection, Stockholm (1841), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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but the previously acquired exclusive right shall remain intact. Such exclusive right shall not henceforth be granted for a longer time than twenty years. Already granted exclusive rights shall remain in force for the lifetime of the recipient alone. Privileges for the publication of writings granted for the support of public institutions shall not be valid for a longer time than twenty years, reckoned from the date of this law, but it shall remain with His Majesty the King to renew them each time for a period not exceeding twenty years.


4. The publisher of a newspaper or periodical shall register, along with the title and place of printing, with the Minister of Justice, who has the authority, unless the applicant has been convicted of a disgraceful crime or declared unworthy to act as an agent for others, to issue a certificate that there is no impediment to the publication of the writing.


5. Privileges for printing presses shall not be required, but everyone is free to establish such printing presses, of whatever nature or size they may be, without being subject to any particular regulation, older privileges, or any printing press regulations, and without being bound by any guild rules, within a city or within a distance from it of at most half a Swedish mile (3 km).

When a printing press is thus established outside a city, all cases related to printing, whether involving the printer, workers in the printing press, or the authors and publishers of printed works, shall be under the jurisdiction of the city.

When a new printing press is established, it is required that, at least thirty days before any publication is issued from it, notice shall be given in writing to both the municipal authority of the city where the printing press is established and to the royal officer in charge of the city. Neglecting to do so shall incur a penalty of one hundred Riksdalers, and the offense shall be published in the newspapers. If any illegal work is published from a printing press that has not been properly reported as prescribed, both the unlawful printer and the author



redan erhållna uteslutande rätt dock oförkränkt. Sådan uteslutande rätt må hädanefter ej förunnas på längre tid än Tjugu år. På obestämd tid redan förunnad gälle endast för dens lifstid, som den erhållit. Privilegier på Skrifters utgifwande, förlänta til Allmänna Inrättningars understöd, äge ej kraft för längre tid än Tjugu år, räknade från denna Lags datum,  Kongl. Maj:t dock obetagit at dem hwarje gång på högst Tjugu år förnya.


4:o Utgifware af Dagblad eller Periodiska Skrifter anmäle sig, jemte titeln och tryckningsorten, hos Justitie-Stats-Ministern, som äger att, få wida Sökanden ej för nesligt brott blifwit dömd, eller förklarad owärdig föra andras talan, meddela bewis, att intet hinder emot Skriftens utgifwande förekommer.


5:o Privilegier å Boktryckeri skola ej erfordras, utan stånde hwar och en fritt, at utan hinder af någon särskild Författning, äldre Privilegier eller något Boktryckeri Reglemente, samt utan at wara underkastad någon Skrå-Ordning, anlägga sådana Tryckerier, af hwad beskaffenhet eller widd honom tjenligt synes, uti Stad eller inom et afstånd derifrån af högst en half mil.

Då et Boktryckeri sålunda utom Stad anlägges, skola, i alla mål, som Boktryckningen röra, Boktryckare, Arbetare i Tryckeriet, samt der tryckte Skrifters Författare och Utgifware lyda under Stadens rätt.

Den et nytt Boktryckeri inrättar, åligger, at sist Tretio dagar, innan någon Skrift derifrån utgifwes, så wäl hos Magistraten i den Stad, hwaruti Boktryckeriet anlägges, eller under hwars Domsrätt han, såsom Boktryckare, skal lyda, som ock hos den Kongl. Maj:ts Befallninshafwande, under hwars styrelse eller Embetes tilsyn Staden hörer, skriftligen tilkännagifwa, at och hwarest han Boktryckeri anlagt. Uraktlåter någon det, plickte han Ethundrade Riksdaler och warde hans förbrytelse i allmänna Tidningarne kungjord. Utgifwes, från et, på nu föreskrifne sätt icke behörigen anmmäldt Tryckeri, någon brottslig Skrift, ware den olaglige Boktryckaren,  jemte Författaren, un



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