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Locke's 1694 Memorandum (and More Incomplete Copyright Historiographies)


Justin Hughes


Loyola Law School Los Angeles

October 2006

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 167

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This is a reproduction of John Locke's 1694(-5) memorandum opposing renewal of the Licensing Act, along with a short introduction. In the memorandum, Locke strongly attacks the monopoly held by the Stationers Company under the Licensing Act while simultaneously proposing a limited term property right in books - the approach finally accepted in the author-centered Statute of Anne. One option proposed by Locke is that authors' property rights in their works would be recognized for an author's life +70 year term. The introduction provides some historical background on the memorandum and reviews some previous treatments of the memorandum in intellectual property commentary.

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Keywords: John Locke, copyright, intellectual property

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Date posted: October 11, 2006  

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Hughes, Justin, Locke's 1694 Memorandum (and More Incomplete Copyright Historiographies) (October 2006). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 167. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=936353 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.936353

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