Commentary on Bach v. Longman (1777)

Ronan Deazley, Martin Kretschmer (Editor), Lionel Bently (Editor)

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A case, initiated by two composers, Johann Christian Bach and Karl Friedrich Abel, concerning whether or not printed music fell within the protection of the Statute of Anne 1710 (uk_1710). Lord Mansfield holds that published music is protected as ‘writing' within the terms of the legislation.
The commentary explores attitudes to the protection of music throughout the eighteenth century on the part of publishers, composers and musicians, and in particular the use of the printing privilege by some composers to secure the right to publish their work, and the efforts of the music publishers to secure legislative protection in the mid-eighteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
TypeScholarly Description
Media of outputOnline
PublisherUniversity of Cambridge
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Please cite as: Deazley, R. (2008) ‘Commentary on Bach v. Longman (1777)', in Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,


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