Pre-Common Law Copyright, Performing Rights & Licensing

An Annotated Chronology including Statutory Marginalia

567 to 1714

ISBN 978-0-9689523-9-9

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Pre-Common Law Copyright, Performing Rights & Licensing

An Annotated Chronology including Statutory Marginalia

567 to 1714

An obsolete meaning of the word annotation is marking out an era using chronological notation (OED).  This is the intention of this work, i.e., to chronologically mark out the pre-Common Law era of copyright and performing rights.  It was an era different yet similar to our post-Common Law world.  Questions of content and censorship, technological and cultural change, access to information and monopoly are some of the temporal threads stitching the two together. 

Marking out this era is done using 367 annotated chronological entries.  In turn these are indexed reporting 212 copyright and 174 performing rights related entries.  Other than descriptive entries, all cite official legal documents including: 71 Statutes of the Realm; 130 Royal Proclamations, Decrees, Declarations, etc.; 18 Ecclesiastic instruments; 27 Acts, Orders, Ordinances, etc. without Royal Assent; 5 Injunctions; and 51 Royal Charters & Patents.  Entries have been developed from 94 referenced primary and secondary sources.  A 78 entry Glossary of the Times is also provided describing and defining key institutions and concepts such as the Crown, Guilds, Letters Patent, Minstrels & Waits, Parliament, Parish Clerks & Conducts, Peer, Privilege, Royal Prerogative, Vagabonds, Rogues & Sturdy Beggars, etc.

Three Annexes are included.  Annex A provides complete marginalia for 30 selected Statutes of the Realm.  Annex B provides the complete text of the 1662 Licensing Act [considered by Patterson (2003/3) a source for sections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the United States] and the 1709/10 Statute of Queen Anne, generally considered the first modern copyright act.  Annex C lists English monarchs and their reign from 1066 to 2011

The Introduction provides three things. First, it establishes the disciplinarian roots from which the work was grown.  Second, it traces the evolution of copyright, performing rights (music, opera & theatre) and their licensing using the Chronology and Glossary of the Times.  Finally, it provides an assessment of the post-Common Law era which through precedent and path dependency descends from and retains many of the characteristics of the previous era.  See Table of Contents.

 

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Evolution: Biology, Economics & Law

Copyright & Licensing

(i) Right to copy

(ii) Right to a copy

(iii) License to copy

Performing Rights & Licensing

(i) Music

(ii) Opera

(iii) Theatre

Post-Common Law

(i) Authors’ Rights & Liabilities

(ii) Carpenters, Joiners & Digital Locks

(iii) Enclosure of the Public Commons &

Public Domain

(iv) Official Censorship & Blackberries

(v) Mutating Booksellers

(vi) New Technologies & Backlogs

(vii) Perpetual & Inheritable Property

(viii) Printing Patents & Orphaned Works

Conclusion

Annotated Chronology

Index of Copyright

Index of Performing Rights

Index of Instruments

Glossary of the Times

References & Sources

Annexes

A – Complete Marginalia for Selected Statutes

1. Index

2. Marginalia

B – Complete Selected Statutes

            1. Licensing Act, 1662

            2. Statute of Queen Anne, 1709/10

C – English Monarchs, 1066-2011

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This work forms part of Compiler Press’ ongoing publishing program to document the legal foundations of the global knowledge-based economy, i.e., the compleat multilateral intellectual & cultural property rights series or ‘CMICPRs.  It includes:

Vol. I - The Compleat Multilateral Copyright & Related Agreements, Conventions, Covenants & Treaties 1886-2007, March 2007, ISBN 978-0-9689523-5-1

Vol. II - The Compleat Multilateral Patent & Related 1883-2008: Agreements, Conventions & Treaties, July 2008, ISBN 978-0-9689523-7-5

Vol. III - The Compleat Multilateral Trademark & Industrial Design Agreements, Conventions & Treaties 1883-2008, August 2008, ISBN 978-0-9689523-6-8

Vol. IV - The Compleat Multilateral Cultural Property & Related 1874-2008 Agreements, Charters, Conventions and  Treaties, Feb. 2009, ISBN 978-0-9689523-8-2

Pre-Common Law Copyright, Performing Rights & Licensing: An Annotated Chronology including Statutory Marginalia 567 to 1714, April 2011, ISBN 978-0-9689523-9-9.

The Compleat Canadian Copyright Act 1709-2013: Present, Past & Proposed ProvisionsSeptember 2013, ISBN 978-0-9921335-1-1