Contents: Introduction: the origins of copyright law; Part I The Origins of Copyright: (i) Possession and Exclusion: States ideal and real: community of property, Plato; The ownership of property, Aristotle; The law of things, Rudolph Sohm; Method followed in this work. Idea of a revolution, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. (ii) Obligation-Based Societies and Attitudes to Information: Don't stop thinking about…yesterday: why there was no indigenous counterpart to intellectual property law in imperial China, William Alford; John Bulun Bulun & Anor v R&T Textiles Pty Ltd; The cardinal virtues and the deadly sins, Bhagavad Gita. (iii) Against Entitlement: Aquinas' theory of property, A. Parel. (iv) The Stationers' Monopoly: Stationers Company Charter granted by Philip and Mary and confirmed by Elizabeth I (1557); Aereopagitica, John Milton, (1644); Appendix: documents relating to the termination of the Licensing Act, John Locke, 1695. Part II Emergence of Statutory Copyright: (v) The Statute of Anne: The Statute of Anne, April 10, 1710; Making copyright, Mark Rose. (vi) Perpetual Copyright: The publishers and the pirates: British copyright law in theory and practice, John Feather, 1710–1775. (vii) The Copyright Act 1790 (United States): Correspondence and Legislation: Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson; Copyright Act of 1790. (viii) Idealism: Relinquishment of property, Georg W.F. Hegel. (ix) United States Law and Foreigners' Copyright: 1831 Copyright Act: an Act to amend the several Acts respecting copyrights, 3 February 1831 revision; A portion of Dickens' letter to his friend John Forster on the subject of international copyright, 17 February 1842, Charles Dickens. (x) Fair Use: Folsom v Marsh, 1841; Free speech, copyright and fair use, L. Ray Patterson. (xi) Macaulay and Copyright Term: A speech delivered in the House of Commons on 5th February 1841, Thomas Babington Macaulay. (xii) Final Reflections: The first 350 years, Benjamin Kaplan; Pirates of the information infrastructure: Blackstonian copyright and the First Amendment, Hannibal Travis; The struggle for music copyright, Michael W. Carroll; Name index.