Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

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​Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

This is a digital archive of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (c. 1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond. The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded the initial phase (completed in 2008) focusing on key materials from Renaissance Italy (Venice, Rome), France, the German speaking countries, Britain and the United States.

Primary sources from Spain were published in 2012, and the Netherlands followed in 2015. Jewish law sources, edited by Neil Netanel, were published in 2016.

Content: Legislation, case law, and other material

Dates: 1450-1900

National Editor (SPAIN): José Bellido

Please cite this e-resource as: Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), L. Bently & M. Kretschmer (eds.),


José Bellido (National Editor Spain)