A map, a poem and two copyright statutes

The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society
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Australia and New Zealand Law and History E-Journal, 2013, 2013 (5), pp. 1 - 12
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In 1671 the nautical instrument and mapmaker John Seller published The English Pilot, which contained a map titled `A General Chart of the West Indias. 1 In 1733, Jonathan Swift published On Poetry, a rhapsody, a sarcastic and satirical litany of advice to aspiring poets and critics, which included the quatrain: So Geographers, in Afric-Maps, With Savage Pictures fill their Gaps, And oer unhabitable Downs, Place Elephants for want of Towns. 2 In 1735 the first statute explicitly to provide legal protection against copying engravings was passed by Parliament.3 In 1767, that statute was amended by a second Act which explicitly extended that protection to cover maps, charts and plans
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