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The Statute of Anne is now seen as the origin of copyright law.The
Statute of Anne
, short title
Copyright Act 1709 8 Anne c.19
; long title
An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Authors or purchasers of such Copies, duringthe Times therein mentioned
, was the first copyright statute in the Kingdom of Great Britain (thus the United Kingdom,see Copyright law of the United Kingdom). It was enacted in 1709 and entered into force on 10 April 1710. It is generallyconsidered to be the first fully-fledged copyright statute. It is named for Queen Anne, during whose reign it was enacted.
The Statute of Anne did not apply to the American colonies, although some scholars have asserted otherwise. The colonies'economy was largely agrarian, hence copyright law was not a priority, resulting in only three private copyright acts being passed inAmerica prior to 1783. Two of the acts were limited to seven years, the other was limited to a term of five years. In 1783 severalauthors' petitions persuaded the Continental Congress "that nothing is more properly a man's own than the fruit of his study, andthat the protection and security of literary property would greatly tends to encourage genius and to promote useful discoveries."

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