Edited by Paul Torremans
Chapter 2: Copyright history as book history: the law in multidisciplinary context
This chapter explores the intersection between copyright’s legal history and book history. It discusses the ways in which copyright history is used within the legal discourse and suggests that more rigorous historical approaches should be adopted. Situating copyright’s legal history within the larger framework of book history provides a more accurate reflection of the ways in which the law was used in practice by creators, publishers and users of copyright works. It sheds light on the question of whether the law’s policy objectives were realized in practice. Understanding this broader, multidisciplinary copyright history offers greater opportunity to engage in similar reflections about the state of contemporary copyright law and policy. Keywords: copyright law, copyright policy, legal history, book history, book and print culture, multidisciplinary studies
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