History of Western copyright law

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Content summaryEdit

In this Learning Projects, participants will explore the origins of Copyright, exclusivity of creative works as it changes over time, and, by gaining perspective on the past, learn to see what is unique about the present. Starting with an overview of the pre-Statue of Anne publishing world and moving forward through the dawn of the computer, this program will guide participants through series of critical thinking assignments that will leave them well-prepared to see the "Big Picture" in reference to recent developments in Copyright Law.


This learning project offers learning activities to:

  • Understand why, when and how copyright came into being;
  • Recognize the effects the various exclusivity systems have had on Creativity;

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