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Parution : 05/2019
Editeur : Hart
ISBN : 978-1-5099-1402-9

Intellectual Property and Victorian Inquiry

The Royal Commissions on Patent and Copyright

Barbara Lauriat

Présentation de l'éditeur

This monograph examines the Royal Commissions on Patent (1864) and Copyright (1878) by exploring the people, procedures, and politics behind these in-depth inquiries into intellectual property reform of the latter half of the nineteenth century, and by placing them within their historical and ideological context. In examining copyright and patent law from the ground up, commissioners' views on the nature and purpose of copyright and patent influenced their views on how far the rights should extend-in time, geography, and scope. Close analysis of the Commissions provides insight into our own debates about the nature of intellectual property and provide a model for future attempts at law reform. The book is a contribution to the history, not only of intellectual property law, but also of royal commissions in the nineteenth century.

256 pages.  $94.00