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21 April 2016

BOOK: Isabella ALEXANDER & H. Tomás GÓMEZ-AROSTEGUI (eds.), Research Handbook on the History of Copyright Law [Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property]. Cheltenham: E. Elgar, 2016, 496 p. ISBN 978 1 78347 239 0, £ 162

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Edward Elgar just published a research handbook on the history of copyright law.

Book abstract:
There has been an explosion of interest in recent years regarding the origin and of intellectual property law. The study of copyright history, in particular, has grown remarkably in the last twenty years, with a flurry of activity in the last ten. This Handbook takes stock of the field of copyright history as it stands today, as well as examining potential developments in the future.
 The contributions feature copyright and history experts from across the UK, Australia, the United States, France, Spain and Italy. Covering European, US and international copyright history and traversing from the 16th Century to the early 20th century, this book offers a broad survey of the field and a solid foundation for future research.
 Students and scholars of copyright law, authorship, art, and the book and music trades will find this book to be an invaluable resource. It will also be of use to practising lawyers and judges with an interest in the doctrinal history of copyright law.

Contributors:
I. Alexander, J. Bellido, C. Bond, K. Bowrey, O. Bracha, E. Cooper, I. Gadd, J.C. Ginsburg, H.T. Gómez-Arostegui, B. Lauriat, N.A. Mace, H. MacQueen, A.J. Mann, S. Ricketson, F. Rideau, C. Seville, M. Woodmansee

Table of contents:
1. Introduction
 Isabella Alexander and H. Tomás Gómez-Arostegui
 PART I HISTORIOGRAPHY
 2. Copyright History in the Advocate’s Arsenal
 Barbara Lauriat
 3. Law, Aesthetics and Copyright Historiography: A Critical Reading of the Genealogies of Martha Woodmansee and Mark Rose
 Kathy Bowrey
 4. The ‘Romantic’ Author
 Martha Woodmansee
 PART II UNITED KINGDOM PERSPECTIVES
 5. The Stationers’ Company in England before 1710
 Ian Gadd
 6. The Anatomy of Copyright Law in Scotland before 1710
 Alastair J. Mann
 7. Literary Property in Scotland in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
 Hector MacQueen
 8. Music Copyright in Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Britain
 Nancy A. Mace
 9. How Art Was Different: Researching the History of Artistic Copyright
 Elena Cooper
 10. Determining Infringement in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries in Britain: ‘A ticklish job’
Isabella Alexander
 11. Equitable Infringement Remedies before 1800
 H. Tomás Gómez-Arostegui
 PART III INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
 12. Proto-Property in Literary and Artistic Works: Sixteenth-Century Papal Printing Privileges
 Jane C. Ginsburg
 13. British Colonial and Imperial Copyright
 Catherine Seville
 14. The Public International Law of Copyright and Related Rights
 Sam Ricketson
 15. El Salvador and the Internationalisation of Copyright
 Jose Bellido
 PART IV NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
 16. United States Copyright, 1672–1909
 Oren Bracha
 17. ‘Cabined, Cribbed, Confined, Bound In’: Copyright in the Australian Colonies
 Catherine Bond
18. Aspects of French Literary Property Developments in the Eighteenth (and Nineteenth) Centuries
 Frédéric Rideau
 19. Codified Anxieties: Literary Copyright in Mid-Nineteenth Century Spain
 Jose Bellido

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