Remarks on Literary Property

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P.H. Nicklin & T. Johnson, 1838 - 144 стор.

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Сторінка 70 - Glory is the reward of science, and those who deserve it, scorn all meaner views : I speak not of the scribblers for bread, who tease the press with their wretched productions ; fourteen years is too long a privilege for their perishable trash. It was not for gain, that Bacon, Newton, Milton, Locke, instructed and delighted the world...
Сторінка 29 - That authors and inventors have, according to the practice among civilized nations, a property in the respective productions of their genius, is incontestable ; and that this property should be protected as effectually as any other property is, by law, follows as a legitimate consequence.
Сторінка 30 - The committee think that this distinction in the condition of the two descriptions of property is not just, and that it ought to be remedied by some safe and cautious amendment of the law.
Сторінка 18 - That American authors are injured by the non-existence of the desired law ; while American publishers can provide themselves with works for publication, by unjust appropriation, instead of by equitable purchase, they are under no inducement to afford to American authors a fair remuneration for their labours, under which grievance American authors have no redress, but in sending over their works to England to be published — an expedient which has become an established practice with some, of whom...
Сторінка 34 - ... productions which have not yet been brought into existence, but lie buried in the mind of genius? The committee think not; and they believe that no American citizen would not feel it quite as unjust in reference to future publications to appropriate to himself their use without any consideration being paid to their foreign proprietors, as he would to take the bale of merchandise, in the case stated, without paying for it: and he would the more readily make this trifling contribution, when it...
Сторінка 30 - ... descriptions of property is not just; and that it ought to be remedied by some safe and cautious amendment of the law. Already the principle has been adopted in the patent laws, of extending their benefits to foreign inventions or improvements. It is but carrying out the same principle to extend the benefit of our copyright laws to foreign authors.
Сторінка 23 - That deeply impressed with the conviction that the only firm ground of friendship between nations is a strict regard to simple justice, the undersigned earnestly request the Senate of the United States, in Congress assembled, speedily to use, in behalf of the authors of Great Britain, their power of securing to the authors the exclusive right to their respective writings.
Сторінка 34 - The committee cannot anticipate any reasonable or just objection to a measure thus guarded And restricted. It may, Indeed, be contended and it is possible that the new work, when charged with the expense incident to the copyright, may come into the hands of the purchaser at a small advance beyond what would be its price, if there were no such charge ; but this is by no means certain. It is, on the contrary, highly probable that, when the American publisher has adequate time to issue carefully an...
Сторінка 63 - ... no longer — when the last seal is set upon his earthly course, and his works assume their place among the classics of his country, your law declares that his works shall become your property, and you requite him by seizing the patrimony of his children.
Сторінка 23 - Scott might be referred to, as stated by an esteemed citizen of the United States,* that while the works of this author, dear alike to your country and to ours, were read from Maine to Georgia, from the Atlantic to the Mississippi, he received no remuneration from the American Public for his labours ; that an equitable remuneration might have saved his life, and would, at least, have relieved its closing years from the burden of debts and destructive toils.

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