Massachusetts Passes First Copyright Law in the American Colonies Hot

Massachusetts Passes First Copyright Law in the American Colonies

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The first copyright law of the American colonies is enacted by Massachusetts.

Passed by the General Court in Boston, this law gives John Usher an exclusive right to publish a revised edition of The General Laws and Liberties of the Massachusetts Colony for the next seven years.

The penalty for violating Massachusetts' copyright law is triple the cost of the paper and the printing.

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