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Privilege and Property: Essays on the History of Copyright

Privilege and Property: Essays on the History of Copyright

What can and can’t be copied is a matter of law, but also of aesthetics, culture, and economics. The act of copying, and the creation and transaction of rights relating to it, evokes fundamental notions of communication and censorship, of authorship and ownership—of privilege and property.
 
This volume conceives a new history of copyright law that has its roots in a wide range of norms and practices. The...
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