The Historical Law and Economics of the First Copyright Act

Erasmus Law and Economics Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, 35-69, March 2006

35 Pages Posted: 16 May 2007

See all articles by Dennis W. K. Khong

Dennis W. K. Khong

Multimedia University - Faculty of Law

Abstract

In this paper, an economic analysis of the first copyright Act, the Statute of Anne of 1710, is described. Part I covers the emergence of common law copy-right and the enactment of the Statute of Anne. Part II examines the provisions of the Statute of Anne from a law and economic perspective, and shows that contrary to popular belief that the Statute of Anne strengthened publishers' monopoly power, the provisions had the effect, at least in theory, of reducing the market power of copyright owners. In all, this paper provides a historical law and economic perspective of one aspect of copyright law.

Keywords: Copyright, Historical law and economics

JEL Classification: K39, N43

Suggested Citation

Khong, Dennis Wye Keen, The Historical Law and Economics of the First Copyright Act. Erasmus Law and Economics Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, 35-69, March 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=986202

Dennis Wye Keen Khong (Contact Author)

Multimedia University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama
Bukit Beruang
Melaka, 75450
Malaysia

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