Bob Spoo "Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain"

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bob Spoo, the TU College of Law Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law, has written the book, "Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain," which has gone into production at Oxford University Press (New York). The book is currently scheduled to appear in spring 2013. It is 460 pages in typescript and will have 15 illustrations.

In addition, Spoo’s article, “Samuel Roth: Discourteous Reprinter,” will be published in the Dublin James Joyce Journal, probably in the first part of 2013.

Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain

This book tells the story of how the notoriously protectionist American copyright law impacted transatlantic modernism by encouraging the piracy of works published abroad. From its inception in 1790, US copyright law withheld protection from foreign authors, creating an aggressive public domain that claimed works just as soon as they were published abroad. When Congress finally extended protection to foreign works, legal technicalities caused many authors to continue to lose their copyrights.

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