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Copyright in China, 960–1279

I am in Taiwan for Spring Break (woo hoo!) and I came across something yesterday while visiting the National Palace Museum that made me think of our class:


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3 Comments

  1. nadine 12:08, Mar 20th, 10

    Wow, I am amazed how early these copyright protection mechanisms date back! Even before printing was invented! Do you know more about copyright in China& It would be interesting to learn how the legal culture differs from the USA and Europe.

  2. Harris 18:31, Mar 20th, 10

    This is very very fascinating, considering that our debate on copyrights usually begins only with the Statute of Anne.

    This period in Chinese history is known for advances in visual arts in China, and poetry and calligraphy were taken up as an acceptable practice by the gentry. When arts go beyond folk, it is natural for the copyright issue to have emerged. Although their governance system of competitive civil services exams and patrolling sheriffs was effective enough to enforce at least some level of copyright laws – the natural question is:

    Were these claims based on common-law oriented concepts of natural right to one’s copy, or did the government provide statutory protection?

    The warning that “any violation will be pursued” seems to suggest the latter and this makes your discovery all the more fascinating.

    Is it possible to ask someone who minds the museum if they know of any statutory copyright laws from those times, and – considering the famous anonymous ‘Scholar in the Meadow’ painting represented those times – are there any documents that talk about the philosophical reasoning behind that law?

  3. mushon 07:49, Mar 27th, 10

    This could have made an interesting research topic (in this class or in others). Alexandra, did you find more info about it online? Maybe in other languages?