Copyright And Its Developments, Emphasis On Moral Rights

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Copyright and its Developments, emphasis on moral rights The Law of Copyright and its historical development - Tracing back the historical development of copyright protection of the authors work, the idea of copyright protection only began to emerge with the invention of printing, which made it possible for the literary works to be duplicated by mechanical processes. Prior to that, hand copying was the sole mean of reproduction. Following Gutenberg 's invention of printing press in 1436 in Germany, the necessity of protecting printers and booksellers was recognized there. Consequently, German Principalities granted certain privileges to printers and publishers and also authors. The art of printing spread quickly in Europe, King Richard Ill in 1483 allowed foreigners to import manuscripts and books into England and print them there. As a result of this, much of the book trade came in the hands of foreigners. However, this freedom enabled England to emerge as a major center of printing trade in Europe. The spread of technological innovation led to creation of a class of intermediaries who made the initial investment in bringing out a book i.e. printers who at the same time also functioned as booksellers. They were called 'Stationers ' in England . In 1523 and 1528, restrictions were introduced by Henry V Ill, prohibiting the importation of books altogether in 1533 on the ground that there were enough printers and book-binders in England. In 1529, a system of privileges was
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