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By Elizabeth Armstrong

Whilst printing first started, a brand new ebook immediately fell into the general public area upon e-book. just a distinct legislations or privilegium enacted by way of a reliable authority may guard it from being reprinted with no the consent of the writer or writer. Such privileges for books are attested earlier than 1480, yet in Germany and Italy their efficacy was once restricted to a comparatively small region by means of the political fragmentation of the rustic. throughout the 1480s and 1490s France grew to become one among Europe's major centres of publication creation and, as pageant intensified, privileges have been sought there from 1498. even if privileges have been to last up to the Ancien R?gime, the interval to 1526 is the least-known level in their improvement and an important. so much privilege-holders published the total textual content in their furnish, etc a precis.

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It seems possible that his application to the Council of Brabant was prompted by the news of the death of Maximilian at Wels on 12 January 1519, which was known within a few days at Louvain and at Brussels. The validity of the Maximilian-and-Charles privilege might be considered to have expired with the emperor's death. four-year privilege from the Council of Brabant, which he received promptly and unconditionally, was at least an interim A measure to protect his interests. While the Council of Brabant continued to issue privileges, the Councils of Holland and of Flanders did likewise.

On average one day in every eleven in Paris during the whole of his reign, 3 the reality it was between long absences and long periods of residence, both equally unpredictable. There was always in thepalais, with the Parlement of Paris, a 'chancellerie', which was permanent, but in the absence of the chancellor and the great seal 4 and there is only one it was not able to transact more than routine business, 1 2 de Louis XII (1498-1515)', Bulletin philologique et historique de Comite des Travaux historiques et scientifiques (1979), pp.

Evidently he set store by it, and was going to reap the sole benefit from it for as long as he could. The work did in fact have a certain success, for his publisher Michel Le Noir reprinted in a different format some years later, and Alain Lotrian, who only set up in business in 1525, thought it worthwhile to issue another edition of it. 2 In the mean time, Eloi chose a moment when the court and the chancery were at Blois, not far from Orleans, and duly obtained his privilege (CH 1508, i). Le Noir for his part may have been induced to give the prominence that he did to the privilege, or even have suggested it to Eloi, because he had himself lost a lawsuit four years before to an author whose book he had published without 3 permission.

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