By Brian Fitzgerald, Benedict Atkinson

ISBN-10: 3319020749

ISBN-13: 9783319020747

This ebook tells the tale of ways, over centuries, humans, society and tradition created legislation affecting provide of data. within the 21 century, uniform worldwide copyright legislation are claimed to be critical to the good fortune of leisure, web and different details industries. Do copyright legislation inspire info movement? Many say that copyright legislation restrict dissemination, harming society. within the final three hundred years, industries armed with copyrights managed output and distribution. Now the internet’s disruption of financial styles may perhaps greatly reshape details legislation. info freedom, a resource of emancipation, might switch the world.

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14 Philosophers and propagandists of liberty, including Thomas Hobbes (d. 1679), John Locke (d. 1704), Montesquieu (d. 1755),15 Voltaire (d. 1778),16 Jean-Jaques Rousseau (d. 1778), Denis Diderot (d. 1784) and Immanuel Kant (d. 1804) advanced ideas about human freedom. 19 From their deliberations emerged a those involving multiple states. Conflict in western Europe began before Luther’s death in 1546, closed temporarily in 1555 (Peace of Augsburg), continued fitfully in the later part of the sixteenth century, then erupted in 1618 in a war of Empire and states.

Hart, Oxford Hegel GWF (1821/1991) Elements of the philosophy of right (Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts). Cambridge, Berlin Locke J (1689/1988) Two treatises of government. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Rose M (1994) Owners and authors: the invention of copyright. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Russell B (1946) A history of western philosophy. Allen & Unwin, London 30 See Hegel (1821/1991). 1 The Nineteenth Century The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of a principle that has governed the growth of copyright law to the present.

2 25 Support for Dissemination Copyright legislative history since the Stationers’ Charter of 1557 tells a story of information repression, but in 1710, parliamentarians made explicit their desire for copyright law to encourage the spread of knowledge. The Act’s preamble declared the purpose of the legislation to be ‘the Encouragement of Learning’. A few lines later, the statute enlarged on this intention, declaring that it was enacted ‘for the encouragement of Learned Men to compose and write useful Books’.

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