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The Author's DuePrinting and the Prehistory of Copyright$
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Joseph Loewenstein

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226490403

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226490410.001.0001

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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

(p.91) Chapter Four Ingenuity and the Mercantile Muse: Authorship and the History of the Patent
The Author's Due

Joseph Loewenstein

University of Chicago Press

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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