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Ingenuity and the Mercantile Muse: Authorship and the History of the Patent

Ingenuity and the Mercantile Muse: Authorship and the History of the Patent

Chapter:
(p.91) Chapter Four Ingenuity and the Mercantile Muse: Authorship and the History of the Patent
Source:
The Author's Due
Author(s):
Joseph Loewenstein
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226490410.003.0004

This chapter presents a discussion on authorship and the history of the patent. It highlights the charm of Ben Jonson's graceful and shrewdly knowing capitulation to the monopolistic character even of the literary economy, an economy of competing projects. He involved himself in a number of functions “proper to” the stationer. The issue of continuity of copyright is a disputed area of historical bibliography, disputed largely because the evidence implies that conflicting practices operated simultaneously. The narratives of most successful relocations of copy share a common feature. Furthermore, a discussion of local protectionism is provided. The Case of Monopolies tries to draw a clear line between lawful and unlawful patents. It also reports the abiding problem that the technology of printing presented for the regulation of modern industry.

Keywords:   authorship, patent, Ben Jonson, literary economy, stationer, copyright, historical bibliography, local protectionism, The Case of Monopolies, printing

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