The Internationalisation of Copyright Law: Books, Buccaneers and the Black Flag in the Nineteenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 23, 2006 - Law
Technological developments have shaped copyright law's development, and now the prospect of endless, effortless digital copying poses a significant challenge to modern copyright law. Many complain that copyright protection has burgeoned wildly, far beyond its original boundaries. Some have questioned whether copyright can survive the digital age. From a historical perspective, however, many of these 'new' challenges are simply fresh presentations of familiar dilemmas. This book explores the history of international copyright law, and looks at how this history is relevant today. It focuses on international copyright during the nineteenth century, as it affected Europe, the British colonies (particularly Canada), America, and the UK. As we consider the reform of modern copyright law, nineteenth-century experiences offer highly relevant empirical evidence. Copyright law has proved itself robust and flexible over several centuries. If directed with vision, Seville argues, it can negotiate cyberspace.
 

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3 Towards the Berne Union
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communicated by telegram72 In the end eleven member states signed
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4 Colonial challenges
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negotiate for an international copyright agreement to benefit non
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furious letter In the course of further public exchanges Longman
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Thring travelled to Canada in the autumn of 1899 There
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5 The independence of America
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Little wonder that there was eagerness to supply this huge
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to the deliberations of the Berne Conference and suggested that
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6 Domestic problems
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reprints29 The established publishers did their best to retain their
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end of the session in July 1910 so it could
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7 The colours of cyberspace
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