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A recent post takes the reader through the history of copyright law as it developed from a dispute over the ownership of the Irish manuscript of the Cathach through international and regional agreements such as the Berne Convention and the European copyright directives.
The Cathach is the oldest extant Irish manuscript of the Psalter. It contains a Vulgate version of Psalms XXX (10) to CV (13) with an interpretative rubric or heading before each psalm. It is traditionally ascribed to Saint Columba as the copy, made at night in haste by a miraculous light, of a Psalter lent to Columba by St. Finnian. A dispute arose about the ownership of the copy and King Diarmait Mac Cerbhaill gave the judgment “To every cow belongs her calf; therefore to every book belongs its copy.”
The need for enforceable copyright laws came in real force in the 15th and 16th century after the invention of printing methods.
Subsequently, government started issuing licenses for printing with the republic of Venice being the first to grant privilege to print books. In 1518, the first copyright privilege was granted in England. It was issued to Richard Pynson, King’s Printer, the successor to William Caxton. The privilege gave a monopoly for a term of only two years!
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