Before Gutenberg's invention of moveable type, the ownership of literary and other written works wasn't much of a problem for lawyers. The printing press and the proliferation of multitudinous copies of books and pamphlets eventually made the problems of ownership a legal matter, and publishers sought protection from the pirates of print.

Common law court decisions based on the property aspects of ideas made tangible through the printed word evolved into international copyright laws.


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