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Colonial CopyrightIntellectual Property in Mandate Palestine$
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Michael D. Birnhack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661138.001.0001

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Legislating Copyright in Palestine

Legislating Copyright in Palestine

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Colonial Copyright

Michael D Birnhack

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the copyright legislative process in Palestine. A first piece of legislation was the little-known Ottoman Authors’ Rights Act 1910. When the British replaced the Ottomans, one of their first enactments was the Copyright Ordinance 1920. The chapter queries their motivation in enacting copyright law at such an early stage, and provides several possible answers: it was a British imperial interest, intertwined with the international agenda; it fit the colonial mission of developing the country, and lastly, a personal motivation of the Attorney General, Norman Bentwich. The list does not include local demand: none existed at the time. The next legislative step was the British extension of the Imperial Copyright Act in 1924 and the local enactment of the Copyright Ordinance 1924. The chapter also discusses the late official publication of the 1911 Act, and the establishment of copyright relationship between Palestine and the United States

Keywords:   legislative process, Ottoman Authors Rights Act 1910, Copyright Ordinance 1920, Norman Bentwich, translations, Copyright Ordinance 1924, Copyright Act 1911, United States

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