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Walter BesantThe Business of Literature and the Pleasures of Reform$
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Kevin A. Morrison

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620351

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620351.001.0001

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Walter Besant and Copyright Reform

Walter Besant and Copyright Reform

(p.75) Chapter Four Walter Besant and Copyright Reform
Walter Besant

Mary Ann Gillies

Liverpool University Press

Walter Besant waged what some would call a relentless campaign for copyright reform in the last twenty-five years of the nineteenth century. At its core was an insistence on proper remuneration for authors, yet his campaign may also be seen as part of his broader aim for authorship to attain the status of a profession on par with medicine or law. In Besant’s hands, copyright reform thus takes on important social and political functions in addition to its more pragmatic aim of protecting authors’ rights.

Keywords:   Walter Besant, Intellectual property rights, Society of Authors, Authorship, Professionalization

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