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Authors and owners: the invention of copyright

Authors and owners: the invention of copyright

Rose, Mark

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

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Press, 1994
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Statement of responsibility: Mark Rose
ISBN: 0674053095, 9780674053090
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Originally published: 1993.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-169) and index.
Physical Description: x, 176p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: USA; Copyright United States History.; Copyright Great Britain History.; Great Britain; Copyright


  1. 1. The Question of Literary Property
  2. 2. The Regime of Regulation
  3. 3. Making Copyright
  4. 4. The Author in Court
  5. 5. Baffle of the Booksellers
  6. 6. Literary Property Determined
  7. 7. Property/Originality/Personality
  8. 8. Strange Changes
  9. Appendix A. Documents Related to Pope V. Curll
  10. Appendix B. Justice Nares' Vote in Donaldson v. Becket
  11. Works Cited
  12. Index


[An] elegant and concise study.
London Review of Books||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.
Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900||An elegant book; stylishly written, pleasingly designed and meticulously documented and researched.
Times Higher Education Supplement||[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.
Canadian Business Law Journal