Mark Twain’s role in establishing modern copyright law

by John Roberts on November 15, 2017

“A day will come, when, in the eye of the law, literary property will be as sacred as whiskey, or any other of the necessaries of life.” — Mark Twain, speech in Montreal, Quebec, 1881.

And so it is. Mark Twain had an important role in establishing the Copyright Act of 1909, which allowed for renewal of copyright, bringing it to a total of 56 years. But it was not until 1976 that American authors were finally granted Mark Twain’s wish for copyright protection for “life and fifty years afterward.”

Mark Twain’s Copyright Fight | USPTO

Mark Twain’s Copyright Fight | USPTO

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