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From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print

Neil Weinstock Netanel


Jewish copyright law comprises a rich body of doctrine and jurisprudence that developed in parallel with Anglo-American and Continental European copyright laws and the book privileges that preceded them. Jewish copyright law traces its origins to sixteenth-century Italy. A rabbinic court in Rome issued a decree in 1518 forbidding the reprinting of a book of Hebrew grammar for a period of 10 years without the permission of the author or publisher. A major dispute followed in 1550 regarding rival publications in Venice of the Mishneh Torah by Moses Maimonides. Jewish copyright law continues to d ... More

Keywords: rabbinic court, copyright, book privilege, haskamot, rabbinic reprinting bans, Enlightenment, Jewish law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780195371994
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Weinstock Netanel, author
Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law, UCLA School of Law