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Getting Copyright Right

Mandatory copyright licensing legitimized the early radio and cable TV industries. Can it do the same for the Internet?

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Getting Copyright Right

In 1842, Charles Dickens implored his U.S. lecture tour audiences to support a bilateral copyright treaty. Works like his Pickwick Papers were wildly successful on both sides of the Atlantic, but no royalties came his way from sales on the western side. U.S. copyright law concerned only U.S. works. Without a treaty, no native law was broken when a U.S. publisher pirated his stories.

In the end, Dickens gave up on legal remedies. Instead, he sent one or another U.S. publisher an early copy of a work--for example, Harper Brothers paid him UK £1250 (at least UK £150 000 today) for an advance proof of Great Expectations. If someone was going to take a single copy and commercially reproduce it, Dickens wanted to make as much from that one copy as he could.

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