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An Echo from the Distant Past

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Book Id: WPLBN0000181659
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: An Echo from the Distant Past  
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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The emergence of copyright traces back to 1455 AD when Johannes Gutenberg after decades of work completed the printing of his famous bible. The printing press saw the light of day and so did modern reproduction technique. In fact Gutenberg’s method of printing was used without important changes well into the 20th century. The use of the printing press spread quickly and in 1476 it was introduced in England where its use more than two centuries later, in 1709, gave rise to the first copyright act of modern society, the Statute of Anne. Ironically, Gutenberg lost control of the type for the Bible, his Psalter and at least some of his other printing equipment in a legal dispute with one of his financiers, Johann Fust, the same year as he completed the printing. He died 13 years later, if not a desolate, neither a rich man. Maybe some of this could have been prevented if Gutenberg’s bible had been protected by copyright, maybe not.

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