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1518* : The Articles of the Pope's Bulle (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1538* : Henrician Proclamation (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1553* : Totell's Printing Patent (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1553: William Seres' Printing Patent (United Kingdom)

1553: John Day's Privilege for the Catechism (United Kingdom)

1554: Selected Extracts from the Stationers' Company's Registers (United Kingdom)

1557* : Stationers' Charter (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1557: The Privy Seal warrant concerning the Stationers' Charter (United Kingdom)

1558: Calve's privilege for the 'Holsome and Catholick Doctrine' (United Kingdom)

1558: Phayer's privilege for Virgil's Aeneid (United Kingdom)

1559* : Elizabethan Injunctions (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1559: Day's The Cosmographical Glass (United Kingdom)

1559* : Day's privilege for The Cosmographical Glass (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1559: Jugge and Cawood's printing patent for statute books (United Kingdom)

1559: Seres' patent for Primers and Psalters (United Kingdom)

1559: Totell's patent for Common Law Books (United Kingdom)

1566* : Star Chamber Decree (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1586* : Star Chamber Decree (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1618: Daniel's The Collection of the Historie of England (United Kingdom)

1624* : Statute of Monopolies (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1637* : Star Chamber Decree (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1643* : The Humble Remonstrance of the Stationers' Company (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1643: An Ordinance for the Regulation of Printing (United Kingdom)

1644: Milton's Areopagitica (United Kingdom)

1647: Ordinance against Unlicensed or Scandalous Pamphlets (United Kingdom)

1649: An Act against Unlicensed and Scandalous Books and Pamphlets (United Kingdom)

1653: An Act for reviving [the 1649 Act] (United Kingdom)

1662* : Licensing Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1662: Licensing Act (parchment copy) (United Kingdom)

1663: L'Estrange's Considerations and Proposals (United Kingdom)

1667* : Milton's Contract (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1667: Recital of the Stationers' Charter (United Kingdom)

1672* : Usher's Printing Privilege (United States) Commentary: [1]

1684: Stationers' Charter (United Kingdom)

1690* : Locke's Second Treatise on Government (selected extracts) (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1693: Locke's Memorandum on the 1662 Act (United Kingdom)

1695: Reasons for objecting to the renewal of the Licensing Act (United Kingdom)

1700: Bladen's Privilege (United States)

1704* : Defoe's Essay on the Press (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1706: Reasons Humbly Offer'd for the Bill for the Encouragement of Learning (United Kingdom)

1709: Reasons Humbly Offer'd for the Bill for the Encouragement of Learning (United Kingdom)

1709: More Reasons Humbly Offer'd for the Bill for the Encouragement of Learning (United Kingdom)

1709: Reasons Humbly Offer'd to the Consideration of the Honourable House of Commons (United Kingdom)

1710* : Statute of Anne (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1710: A Bill for Encouragement of Learning (United Kingdom)

1721* : Burnet v. Chetwood (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1721: Burnet's Bill of Complaint and Chetwood's Answer (United Kingdom)

1721: Burnet v. Chetwood: Entries from the Court's Book of Orders (United Kingdom)

1729: Gay v. Read (United Kingdom)

1735* : Engravers' Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1735: The Case of Designers, Engravers, Etchers, &c. (United Kingdom)

1735: Engravers' Copyright Act (parchment copy) (United Kingdom)

1737* : Booksellers' Bill (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1737* : Baller v. Watson: Entry from the Court's Book of Orders (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1737: An Act for the Encouragement of Learning (Draft) (United Kingdom)

1741* : Gyles v. Wilcox (Atkyn's Reports) (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1741* : Pope v. Curl (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1741: Gyles v. Wilcox (Barnardiston's Report) (United Kingdom)

1741: Pope's Bill of Complaint, and Curl's Answer (United Kingdom)

1741: Pope v Curl: Entry from the Court's Book of Orders (United Kingdom)

1746: North Carolina Printing Privilege to Commissioners (United States)

1747* : Warburton's Letter from an Author (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1750: New York Law Printing Privilege (United States)

1751: Tonson v. Walker (United Kingdom)

1761: Tonson v. Collins (United Kingdom)

1762* : Tonson v. Collins (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1762* : An Enquiry into Literary Property (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1762: A Vindication of the Rights of Authors (United Kingdom)

1766: Engravers' Copyright Act (United Kingdom)

1766: Blackstone's Commentaries, Vol.II (selected extracts) (United Kingdom)

1769* : Millar v. Taylor (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1772: Second New York Law Printing Privilege (United States)

1772: William Billings' Second Petition (United States)

1772: William Billings' Printing Privilege (United States)

1773* : Hinton v. Donaldson (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1773: Information for Messrs John Hinton et al (United Kingdom)

1773: Information for Alexander Donaldson (United Kingdom)

1774* : Donaldson v. Becket (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1774: Hargrave's Argument in Defence of Literary Property (United Kingdom)

1774: The Cases of the Appellants and Respondents (United Kingdom)

1774: The Pleadings of the Counsel before the House (United Kingdom)

1774: Booksellers' Bill (United Kingdom)

1774: Enfield's Observations (United Kingdom)

1774: Macauley's A Modest Plea (United Kingdom)

1774: Stella's Modest Exceptions (United Kingdom)

1775* : Stationers' Company v. Carnan (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1777* : Bach v. Longman (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1777: Engravers' Copyright Act (United Kingdom)

1781* : Andrew Law's Petition (United States) Commentary: [1]

1781: Andrew Law's Privilege (United States)

1782: Letter from Smith to Webster (United States)

1783: Petition of John Ledyard (United States)

1783* : Connecticut Copyright Statute (United States) Commentary: [1]

1783: Letter from Joel Barlow to the Continental Congress (United States)

1783: Continental Congress Resolution (United States)

1783: Massachusetts Copyright Statute (United States)

1783: Maryland Copyright Statute (United States)

1783: New Jersey Copyright Statute (United States)

1783: New Hampshire Copyright Statute (United States)

1783: Rhode Island Copyright Statute (United States)

1783: Ledyard Petition Committee Report (United States)

1784: Letter from Noah Webster to James Madison (United States)

1784: Pennsylvania Copyright Statute (United States)

1784: South Carolina Copyright Statute (United States)

1785: Virginia Copyright Statute (United States)

1785: North Carolina Copyright Statute (United States)

1786: Georgia Copyright Statute (United States)

1786: New York Copyright Statute (United States)

1787* : Calico Printers' Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1787: Calico Printers' Act (parchment copy) (United Kingdom)

1787: Constitutional Convention Journal Entry (United States)

1787: Madison's Journal Record (United States)

1787: Madison's Edited Journal Record (United States)

1788: The Federalist No. 43 (United States)

1789* : The Constitutional Copyright Clause (United States) Commentary: [1]

1789: Ramsay's Petiton House Record (United States)

1789: House Joint copyright and patent bill decision (United States)

1789: Joint Copyright Patent Bill [H.R. 10] (United States)

1789: Ramsay's Petition (United States)

1790* : Copyright Act (United States) Commentary: [1]

1790-1800: Sample registrations (United States)

1792: Purcell's Printing Privilege (United States)

1798* : Models and Busts Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1798* : Beckford v. Hood (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1798: Models and Busts Act (parchment copy) (United Kingdom)

1799: Documents concerning the Models and Busts Act (United Kingdom)

1801* : Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1801: A Bill for the Further Encouragement of Learning (United Kingdom)

1801: Copyright Act (parchment copy) (United Kingdom)

1802: 1802 Amendment (United States)

1812: Petition of the London Booksellers (United Kingdom)

1813: Petition of the Printers of London and Westminster (United Kingdom)

1813: Petition of the Edinburgh Booksellers (United Kingdom)

1813: Report of the Acts Respecting Copyright (United Kingdom)

1813: Select Committee Report on Acts for the Encouragement of Learning (United Kingdom)

1813: Select Committee Report: Minutes of Evidence (United Kingdom)

1814* : Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1814: Sculpture Copyright Act (United Kingdom)

1814: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (10 May) (United Kingdom)

1814: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (19 May) (United Kingdom)

1814: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (12 July) (United Kingdom)

1814: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (18 July) (United Kingdom)

1814: Bill to amend Acts for the Encouragement of Learning (18 May) (United Kingdom)

1814: Bill to amend Acts for the Encouragement of Learning (7 June) (United Kingdom)

1814: Bill to amend Acts for the Encouragement of Learning (12 July) (United Kingdom)

1814: Bill to amend Acts for the Encouragement of Learning (15 July) (United Kingdom)

1818: Select Committee Report on the Copyright Acts (United Kingdom)

1818: Select Committee Report: Minutes of Evidence (United Kingdom)

1826: Letter from Noah Webster to Daniel Webster (United States)

1826: Letter from Daniel Webster to Noah Webster (United States)

1828* : Maugham's Treatise (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1828: Letter from Donaldson to Peters (United States)

1828: Letter from Donaldson to Wheaton (United States)

1828: Letter from Peters to Donaldson (United States)

1828: H.R. 140 Committee Bill (United States)

1828: H.R. 140 Consolidated Bill (United States)

1830: Dramatic Writings Bill (United Kingdom)

1830: Judiciary Committee Report (United States)

1830: Letter from John McLean to Richard Peters Jr. (United States)

1831* : Copyright Act (United States) Commentary: [1]

1831: House Debate (United States)

1832: Select Committee Report: Dramatic Literature (United Kingdom)

1832: Parliamentary Debates on Drama and Dramatic Literature (31 May) (United Kingdom)

1833* : Dramatic Literary Property Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1833: Parliamentary Debates on the Dramatic Literary Property Act (12 March) (United Kingdom)

1833: Parliamentary Debates on the Dramatic Literary Property Act (24 July) (United Kingdom)

1833: Bill to amend the Laws relating to Dramatic Literary Property (United Kingdom)

1834* : Wheaton v. Peters (United States)

1834* : Wheaton v. Peters Independent Report (United States)

1834: Letters from Sumner to Story (United States)

1835* : Publication of Lectures Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1835: Parliamentary Debates on the Lectures Act (24 Aug.) (United Kingdom)

1835: Parliamentary Debates on the Lectures Act (26 Aug.) (United Kingdom)

1835: Publication of Lectures Bill (United Kingdom)

1836: Copyright in Prints and Engravings (Ireland) Act (United Kingdom)

1837: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (14 Dec.) (United Kingdom)

1837: Copyright Bill (6 June) (United Kingdom)

1837* : Senate Report (United States)

1837: Petition of British Authors (United States)

1837: Debates in Congress (United States)

1837: Memorial of a Number of Citizens of the United States (United States)

1838* : International Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1838: Parliamentary Debates on the International Copyright Act (20 March) (United Kingdom)

1838: Parliamentary Debates on the International Copyright Act (19 July) (United Kingdom)

1838: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (25 April) (United Kingdom)

1838: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (9 May) (United Kingdom)

1838: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (6 June) (United Kingdom)

1838: Copyright Bill (27 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1838: Copyright Bill (6 June) (United Kingdom)

1838: Address of Certain Authors (United States)

1838: Report, from the Committee on Patents (United States)

1838: Memorial of the New York Typographical Society (United States)

1838: Memorial of a Number of Citizens of Boston (United States)

1839: Copyright Bill (United Kingdom)

1839: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (27 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1839: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (1 May) (United Kingdom)

1839: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (9 July) (United Kingdom)

1840: Copyright Bill (United Kingdom)

1840: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (4 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1840: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (14 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1840: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (8 July) (United Kingdom)

1841: Copyright Bill (United Kingdom)

1841: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (27 Jan.) (United Kingdom)

1841: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (29 Jan.) (United Kingdom)

1841: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Bill (5 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1841* : Folsom v. Marsh (United States) Commentary: [1]

1841: Master in Chancery Report (United States)

1841: S. 227 (Dramatic Works Public Performance Bill) (United States)

1842* : Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1842* : Lowndes' Historical Sketch of the Law of Copyright (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (8 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (21 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (3 Mar.) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (16 Mar.) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (23 Mar.) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (6 April) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (20 April) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (9 May) (United Kingdom)

1842: Parliamentary Debates on the Copyright Act (9 May) (United Kingdom)

1842: Bill to Amend the Law of Copyright (4 March) (United Kingdom)

1842: Bill to Amend the Law of Copyright (23 March) (United Kingdom)

1842: Bill to Amend the Law of Copyright (21 April) (United Kingdom)

1842: Bill to Amend the Law of Copyright (27 June) (United Kingdom)

1842: Memorial of a Number of Persons Concerned in Printing and Publishing (United States)

1843: An Address to the People of the United States (United States)

1844* : International Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1844: International Copyright Bill (United Kingdom)

1844: H.R. 9 (Ingersoll Bill) (United States)

1847* : Foreign Reprints Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1847: Foreign Reprints Bill (United Kingdom)

1847* : A Treatise on the Law of Copyright (United States) Commentary: [1]

1848: Jay, Bryant and Others' Memorials (United States)

1851: Anglo-French Copyright Treaty (United Kingdom)

1852* : International Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1852: Parliamentary Debates on the International Copyright Act (13 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1852: Parliamentary Debates on the International Copyright Act (30 April) (United Kingdom)

1852: Copyright and Natural Right (United States)

1853: Blaine's Laws of Artistic Copyright (United Kingdom)

1853: Letters on International copyright (United States)

1853: British-American Copyright Convention Draft (United States)

1853* : Stowe v. Thomas (United States) Commentary: [1]

1853: Stowe v. Thomas, Complainant's Bill (United States)

1853: Stowe v. Thomas, Defendant's Answer (United States)

1853: Affidavit of Harriet Beecher Stowe (United States)

1853: 'Uncle Tom' at Law (United States)

1854* : Jeffreys v. Boosey (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1856* : Copyright Act Amendment (United States) Commentary: [1]

1857: Return of Colonies and British Possessions on Importation of Reprints (United Kingdom)

1858: Report of the Artistic Copyright Committee (United Kingdom)

1861: Fine Art Copyright Bill (United Kingdom)

1861: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Bill (6 May) (United Kingdom)

1861* : Confederate States of America Copyright Act (United States)

1862* : Fine Art Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (28 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (6 March) (United Kingdom)

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (20 March) (United Kingdom)

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (31 March) (United Kingdom)

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (22 May) (United Kingdom)

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (23 May) (United Kingdom)

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (5 June) (United Kingdom)

1862: Parliamentary Debates on the Fine Art Copyright Act (24 July) (United Kingdom)

1862: Fine Art Copyright Bill (27 Feb.) (United Kingdom)

1862: Fine Art Copyright Bill (20 March) (United Kingdom)

1862: Southern Feeling (United States)

1863: Confederate States of America Copyright Act Amendement (United States)

1863: Hardee's Memorial (United States)

1863: International Copyright Resolution (United States)

1865* : Copyright Act Amendment (United States)

1870* : Copinger's Law of Copyright (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1870: Committee Report on S.703 (United States)

1870* : Copyright Act (United States)

1872: Correspondence and Papers on Colonial Copyright (United Kingdom)

1872: International Copyright Bill (United States)

1873: Committee on the Library Report (United States)

1874: Correspondence respecting Colonial Copyright (United Kingdom)

1878* : Royal Commissioners' Report (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1878: Royal Commission on Copyright: Minutes of Evidence (United Kingdom)

1879: Copyright Consolidation Bill (United Kingdom)

1879* : Drone on Copyright (United States)

1879* : Baker v. Selden (United States) Commentary: [1]

1879: Selden's Argument (United States)

1879: Baker's Argument (United States)

1882: Oscar Wilde photograph (United States)

1883: Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony (United States)

1883: Sarony's Brief (United States)

1883: Burrow-Giles' Brief (United States)

1885: Carte v. Duff (United States)

1886* : International Copyright Act (United Kingdom) Commentary: [1]

1886: International Copyright Bill (United Kingdom)

1886: Correspondence respecting the Copyright Union (United Kingdom)

1886: Berne Convention (United Kingdom)

1886: Committee on Patents Report (United States)

1888: American Authors and British Pirates (United States)

1888: The International Copyright Bill (United States)

1890: Report on H.R. 10881 (United States)

1891: Falk v. Brett Lithographing Co. (United States)

1891* : International Copyright Act (The Chace Act) (United States)

1893: Falk v. Donaldson (United States)

1894: Report on H.R. 6835 (United States)

1894: H.R. 6835 (Cummings Bill) (United States)

1896: Public Performance Bill (United States)

1896: Report on H.R. 1978 (United States)

1896: Report on S. 2306 (United States)

1896: Hearing on H.R. 5976 (United States)

1896: Treloar Copyright Bill (H.R. 5976) (United States)

1896: Debate in Congress (United States)

1896: The Question of Copyright (United States)

1897* : Copyright Act (Public Performance of Musical Compositions) (United States)

1899: Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., District Court Decision (United States)

1900: Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co., Circuit Court Decision (United States)

1902: Bleistein's Brief (United States)

1902: Bleistein: Donaldson Lithographing Co. Brief (United States)

1902: Bleistein: Three Posters (United States)

1903* : Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co. (United States) Commentary: [1]

1903: Bleistein: Cartoon (United States)



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