OT: history of "copyright" (was: Re: Linux kernel complete licence check, Q.0 - Q.10)
On Thursday 21 November 2002 01:12 am, Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS wrote:
> Thomas Bushnell, BSG <email@example.com>:
> > > I think the point is that "copyright" as a verb only makes sense in a
> > > historical, USA context. Most countries have never had a requirement
> > > or even a possiblity of registering things for copyright, as I
> > > understand it.
> > The OED lists "copyright" as a verb, going back as far as 1806.
> I think the first US-wide copyright law of 1790 did involve
> registration. If this was also the first major copyright law to
> involve registration
"It was the Licensing Act of 1662 which established a register of licensed
> then it fits perfectly if the verb "copyright"
> appeared shortly afterwards.
> I don't think the OED is on line, but if it is, I'd be grateful for a