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This day in History: Copyright Act of 1790 Signed into US Law (1790)


Copyright Act of 1790 Signed into US Law (1790)

After the US Constitution was ratified in 1788, one of the first issues that the fledgling government faced was the lack of a copyright law. Without it, Congress would be swamped with individual petitions for protection from piracy. Modeled on Britain’s Statute of Anne, the Copyright Act of 1790 was soon signed into law by President Washington. Instituted to encourage learning by securing US authors the sole rights to their work for 14-year periods, it drew what complaint from Charles Dickens? More… Discuss

English: The US Copyright Act of 1790 reprinte...

English: The US Copyright Act of 1790 reprinted in the Colombian Centinel, published 17 July 1790. Full title: “An act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” Out of copyright. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)