Invention of Movable Type, 1436
Reproduction of previously scarce books initiates concern about the property writes of authors and publishers.
Statute of Anne, 1710
England enacts first copyright law.
U.S. Copyright Act of 1790
Grants 14 year copyrights, with 14 year renewals. First copyright entered for The Philadelphia Spelling Book by John Barry.
Amendment to Copyright Act, 1802
Prints added to protected works.
General Revision, U.S Copyright Act, 1831
Extended copyrights to 28 years, with 14 year renewals, include music.
Fair Use Doctrine , 1841
Concept of “fair use” first applied to the Copyright Act allowing some copying for educational and critical purposes (news, analysis, research).
Amendment to Copyright Act, 1856
Dramatic compositions added to protected works.
Amendment to Copyright Act, 1865
Photographs and photographic negatives added to protected works.
General Revision, U.S. Copyright Act, 1870
Works of art added to protected works. Right to create certain derivative works reserved for author, including translations and dramatizations.
Establishment of foreign copyright relations, 1891
Amendment to Copyright Act, 1897
Music protected against unauthorized public performance.
General Revision, U.S Copyright Act of 1909
Extends renewals to 28 years. Recognizes copyrights to new mediums and certain unpublished works.
Amendment to Copyright Act, 1912
Motion pictures, previously registered as photographs, added to classes of protected works.
Title 17 of the U.S. Code, 1947
Codifies copyright law.
Amendment to Copyright Act, 1953
Recording and performing rights extended to nondramatic literary works.
Universal Copyright Convention (Geneva), 1955
Amendment to Copyright Act, 1972
Limited copyright protection extended to sound recordings first published on or after this date.
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