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Honor Among Thieves: How 19th Century American Pirate Publishers Simulated Copyright Protection

Authors and Corporations: Safner, Ryan (Author)
Title: Honor Among Thieves: How 19th Century American Pirate Publishers Simulated Copyright Protection
Language: English
published:
[S.l.] SSRN [2021]
Item Description: 1 Online-Ressource (21 p) ; Nach Informationen von SSRN wurde die ursprüngliche Fassung des Dokuments January 27, 2021 erstellt
DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3775330
Description
From 1790 to 1891, the United States prevented foreign authors from obtaining domestic copyright protection, implicitly subsidizing a domestic reprinting industry. With foreign works a “free” and unprotected resource, American publishers created a system of voluntary norms, known as “trade courtesy” to create and enforce psuedo- property rights in uncopyrighted foreign works, simulating the effects of legal copyright protection. This paper analyzes this system using the Bloomington School’s Institutional Analysis and Design (IAD) framework to under- stand its effectiveness, and pitfalls, in managing the commons of unprotected foreign works in 19th Century America