Donaldson v Beckett
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Donaldson v Beckett (1774) 2 Brown's Parl. Cases 129, 1 Eng. Rep. 837; 4 Burr. 2408, 98 Eng. Rep. 257 ; 17 Cobbett's Parl. Hist. 953 (1813) is the ruling by the United Kingdom House of Lords that denied the continued existence of a perpetual common law copyright and held that copyright was a creation of statute and could be limited in its duration.
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- Wheaton v. Peters, U.S. Supreme Court case also addressing the existence of copyright at common law