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.