Sociology Index

Italian Copyright Law

Intellectual Property Rights

Early Italian copyright law in regard to literature were framed not really for the protection of authors but for the purpose of inducing printers, who were also publishers, to undertake certain literary enterprises which were believed to be important to the community. The Republic of Venice and other Popes granted to certain printers the exclusuve privilege of printing for specific terms, generally 14 years, editions of classic authors; to encourage literary ventures for the benefit of the community.