Rethinking Copyright

Rethinking Copyright

History, Theory, Language

Ronan Deazley

This book provides the reader with a critical insight into the history and theory of copyright within contemporary legal and cultural discourse. It exposes as myth the orthodox history of the development of copyright law in eighteenth-century Britain and explores the way in which that myth became entrenched throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. To this historical analysis are added two theoretical approaches to copyright not otherwise found in mainstream contemporary texts. Rethinking Copyright introduces the reader to copyright through the prism of the public domain before turning to the question as to how best to locate copyright within the parameters of traditional property discourse. Moreover, underpinning these various historical and theoretical strands, the book explores the constitutive power of legal writing and the place of rhetoric in framing and determining contemporary copyright policy and discourse.

Table of cases

Ronan Deazley

Subjects: law - academic, intellectual property law

Extract

Abernethy v. Hutchinson (1825) 1 H & TW 28 85 Adams v. Clementson (1879) 12 LR (Ch) 714 91 Aflalo and Cook v. Lawrence and Bullen (1902) 1 Ch 318 91 AG v. Guardian (No. 2) [1990] 1 AC 109 116 Albert v. Strange (1849) 1 M&G 25 76, 91 Allen v. Rawson (1845) 1 CB 551 68 Archbold v. Sweet (1832) The Times, 10 February 1832 45 Avonzo v. Mudie (1854) 10 Ex 203 57 Ashdown v. Telegraph Group [2002] Ch 149 116–17, 152–53, 155–56 Bach v. Longman (1777) 2 Cowp 623 29, 46, 54 Barnett v. Glossop (1835) 1 Scott’s 621 47 Beckford v. Hood (1798) 7 D&E 620 29–33, 39–40, 51 Bentley v. Foster (1839) 10 Sim 329 47 Bloxom v. Elsee (1827) 6 B&C 169 68 Boosey v. Davidson (1847) The Times, 22 June 1847 50 Boosey v. Davidson (1848) The Times, 7 June 1848 57 Boosey v. Fairlie (1877) 4 AC 711 75 Boosey v. Jeffreys (1851) 6 Ex Rep 580 43, 51–53, 57 Boosey v. Lonsdale (1841) The Times, 18 June 1841 47 Boosey v. Purday (1848) The Times, 30 June 1848 43, 57 Boosey v. Purday (1849) 4 Ex Rep 145 50–51, 57, 60 Bowden Brothers v. Amalgamated Pictorials Ltd [1911] 1 Ch 386 89 Boozey v. Tolkien (1848) 5 CB 476 43, 50 Boucicault v. Chatterton (1876) 35 LTR 541, 5 LR (Ch) 267 74–75, 153 Boucicault v. Delafield (1863) 1 H...