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Overview


The notion of the author as the creator and therefore the first owner of a work is deeply rooted both in our economic system and in our concept of the individual. But this concept of authorship is modern. Mark Rose traces the formation of copyright in eighteenth-century Britain--and in the process highlights still current issues of intellectual property. Authors and Owners is at once a fascinating look at an important episode in legal history and a significant contribution to literary and cultural history.
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Editorial Reviews

London Review of Books

[An] elegant and concise study.
— John Sutherland

1500-1900 Studies in English Literature
Serves as a model of how literary theory can breathe new life into a well-known and perhaps even fashionable subject by endowing it with conceptual discipline.
Times Higher Education Supplement

An elegant book; stylishly written, pleasingly designed and meticulously documented and researched.
— Jane Dorner

Canadian Business Law Journal

[Rose's] erudite book is not a practitioner's manual nor an exposition of modern copyright law, but is a valuable contribution to the history and philosophy of copyright.
— William L. Hayhurst

London Review of Books - John Sutherland
[An] elegant and concise study.
Times Higher Education Supplement - Jane Dorner
An elegant book; stylishly written, pleasingly designed and meticulously documented and researched.
Canadian Business Law Journal - William L. Hayhurst
[Rose's] erudite book is not a practitioner's manual nor an exposition of modern copyright law, but is a valuable contribution to the history and philosophy of copyright.
Booknews
Examines the genesis and development of the notion of authors as owners, and their works as commodities, from its emergence in the 18th century, to the issues of literary property still being debated. The already mystified figure of Shakespeare loomed large in the discussions before and after the first copyright law in 1707; he came out wearing the modern garb of a proprietor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674053090
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Rose is Director of the University of California at Irvine Humanities Research Institute and Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Table of Contents

1. The Question of Literary Property

2. The Regime of Regulation

3. Making Copyright

4. The Author in Court

5. Baffle of the Booksellers

6. Literary Property Determined

7. Property/Originality/Personality

8. Strange Changes

Appendix A. Documents Related to Pope V. Curll

Appendix B. Justice Nares' Vote in Donaldson v. Becket

Works Cited

Index

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