Charles Reade's Roles in the Drama of Victorian Dramatic Copyright
King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law
December 8, 2009
Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2009
Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05/2010
The following article describes the eccentric dramatist, novelist, journalist, and barrister Charles Reade’s direct involvement in shaping the UK law of copyright - particularly copyright in dramatic works. In addition to publishing his writings on the subject, he was active in bringing and supporting suits that led directly to changes in the law protecting dramatic works, as well as the formation of the Royal Commission on Copyright in 1875. His own questionable dealings with the works of others, however, provide a counterpoint to his zealous arguments in favor of protection, as exemplified by the story of his dramatization of Ralph the Heir, a novel written by Royal Commission member Anthony Trollope.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: copyright law, drama, Victorian, play, adaptation, Reade, Trollope, Royal Commission on Copyright
Date posted: December 10, 2009
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