Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

A colleague drew my attention to an item in the most recent issue of Cornell Law Library's current awareness bulletin InSite.

The item is Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900):
"[A] collection of key primary documents from five countries—the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy—that trace the development of copyright from the invention of the printing press through the dawn of the 20th century. The documents were selected for inclusion by a scholar from each represented country with the assistance of an editorial board. The collection is a powerful research tool, organizing primary documents into a timeline conducive to browsing. Visitors to the site have many options for browsing the documents: by place, language, institution, legislation, case law, and keyword. The website also provides a simple keyword search. Each document is accompanied by extensive descriptive metadata providing context. One of the greatest strengths of this collection is the commentary written by the documents’ selectors that accompanies many of the documents. Translations are available for documents in languages other than English."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 9:19 pm


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