Milestones in copyright law

Cultural and technological changes have vexed judges for centuries.

1710: Statute of Anne grants English authors a copyright term of 14 years from publication, plus 14 more if they survive the first term.

1785: A mapmaker who improves a nautical map can incorporate unchanged portions of earlier maps.

By Roger Parloff, senior editor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated July 11 2012: 5:18 AM ET
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