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The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter - February 8, 1862

From the archive: In 1862, SJ considered whether copyright over an art work belonged to the artist or the purchaser

3 February 2016

ARTISTIC COPYRIGHT.

The law of artistic copyright is in a condition which gives general dissatisfaction, and as the Bill which was presented to Parliament last year is not unlikely to be brought forward again this session, it is desirable to consider its provisions in relation to existing law. It is not long since it was definitively settled—after many conflicting decisions—that there is no copyright at common law in works of art. There are several statutes, however, which deal with the subject; but they are confined to engravings and sculptures, and have the fault not only of excluding many works of art, but also of proceeding upon a principle which sometimes has the effect of working practical injustice. The copyright in any work of art within the provisions of these statutes belongs to the artist unless he has done the work upon a commission, and then it belongs to the artist for whom the work was undertaken.

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