1st Edition

Authors, Publishers and Politicians The Quest for an Anglo-American Copyright Agreement, 1815-1854

By James J. Barnes Copyright 1974

    First published in 1974, Authors, Publishers and Politicians describes the efforts to secure an Anglo-American copyright agreement. It explores the underlying causes of the failure of this quest, a failure which enabled literary pirates on both sides of the Atlantic to continue operations for another forty years. It traces the effects this had on the writers and producers of books as well as their reading public. Few aspects of Anglo-American relations were untouched by the drama presented in this study. Its broader implications range from straightforward business transactions, official diplomatic manoeuvres, endless legal complexities, and clandestine political intrigue to the peculiarities involved in book smuggling, newspaper rivalries and industrial espionage. The book will be of interest to students of legal history, publishing and literature.

    Preface Acknowledgments 1. The Depression of 1837-43 and its Implications for the American Book Trade 2. British Periodicals in America 3. Copyright In and Out of Congress, 1815-42 4. Further Efforts to Influence the American Congress, 1842-51 5. The Impact of Foreign Reprints on the Domestic British Book Trade 6. Efforts to Influence Parliament, 1838-44 7. The Canadian Market 8. The British Law Courts: A Possible Remedy for the Absence of International Copyright 9. American Lobbyists in the Early 1850s 10. The Organization 11. Bribery, or the Necessary Expenses of Congressional Action: November 1851 – February 1853 12. The Need for Senate Ratification: February 1853 – June 1854 Notes Index


    James J. Barnes