Primary sources on copyright (1450-1900) is a digital archive of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (ca. 1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond. Material comes from Italy, France, the German speaking countries, Britain, the United States, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Extensive information is given on each document. Documents are available in digitized version, in high definition. Each page can be downloaded separately in JPEG format, or the entire document can be downloaded in PDF format.
Documents can be browsed in different ways: by date, location, keyword, publisher, author, referred places, institutions, legislation, case law, original language (English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Latin), or country. Commentaries can be browsed by place, institution, legislation, or case law. Referred persons can be browsed by name, occupation, or lifedates. Full-text search (within the records translation, transcription, and commentaries) is also possible.
The initial phase (completed in 2008) was funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.