Before Copyright: The French Book-Privilege System 1498-1526 by Elizabeth Armstrong

By Elizabeth Armstrong

Whilst printing first begun, a brand new ebook immediately fell into the general public area upon booklet. just a targeted legislation or privilegium enacted by means of a reliable authority might safeguard it from being reprinted with no the consent of the writer or writer. Such privileges for books are attested sooner than 1480, yet in Germany and Italy their efficacy was once constrained to a comparatively small zone by means of the political fragmentation of the rustic. through the 1480s and 1490s France grew to become considered one of Europe's major centres of e-book creation and, as festival intensified, privileges have been sought there from 1498. even if privileges have been to last up to the Ancien Régime, the interval to 1526 is the least-known degree in their improvement and an important. so much privilege-holders revealed the entire textual content in their furnish, and so on a precis.

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Privileges chancery. All these privileges were granted in response to a petition. The initiative the authors and the publishers. But the king and his chancery were not unprepared for the demand when it came. The chancery was constantly came from dealing with applications for royal favours, such as petitions for naturalisation, and could readily adapt its forms to a new kind of concession. And for Not only was there the one French which had already been made (CH 1498, i). fifteenth-century grant of the duchy of Milan, which was was the of the There chancery example taken over by Louis XII as soon as Ludovico Sforza had fled from the city (2 September 1499).

Pay for it, from the chancery to an applicant as long as the applicant could make out a Why then did applicants in France go, even more often than to the chancery, to the lawcourts, and quite frequently to the Prevot of Paris? Sometimes it is possible to discern reasons why a petitioner elected to apply an authority other than the royal chancery. An applicant wishing to publish in print the style of a particular lawcourt would naturally apply to the court concerned, for its consent and for a privilege.

P. 336, n. i. 27 PRIVILEGE-GRANTING AUTHORITIES IN FRANCE proceeding to Antwerp to have them printed: he also paid 1 2s a gratuity of about 2 1 per cent of the official fee to the clerk. No one concerned, therefore, ' had any reason to refuse a book-privilege who was prepared to reasonable case for it. pay for it, from the chancery to an applicant as long as the applicant could make out a Why then did applicants in France go, even more often than to the chancery, to the lawcourts, and quite frequently to the Prevot of Paris?

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