A Brief History of Copyright Law


The concept of copyright has been around for a long time despite being introduced into legislation in the United States in 1831. In 1575 Queen Elizabeth first doled out a patent on music printing to a composer who wrote mostly for the church, Thomas Tallis. In 1777 the French introduced the concept of performing rights […]

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