Charles Reade's Roles in the Drama of Victorian Dramatic Copyright

50 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2009  

Barbara Lauriat

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: December 8, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: copyright law, drama, Victorian, play, adaptation, Reade, Trollope, Royal Commission on Copyright

Suggested Citation

Lauriat, Barbara, Charles Reade's Roles in the Drama of Victorian Dramatic Copyright (December 8, 2009). Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2009; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05/2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1520332

Barbara Lauriat (Contact Author)

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law ( email )

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London, WC2R 2LS
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