Friday, December 11, 2009

Lauriat on Charles Reade and the Drama of Victorian Dramatic Copyright

Charles Reade's Roles in the Drama of Victorian Dramatic Copyright has just been posted by Barbara Lauriat, University of Oxford Faculty of Law. It appears in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2009). Here's the 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.
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