300 years ago, today

copyright came into being – the Statute of Anne commenced –

See for yourself.

Of course, in 1710, Great Britain still operated on the Julian Calendar (the Gregorian calendar not being adopted until September 1752) 10 April 1710 in the Julian calendar would have been 21 April 1710 in the Gregorian calendar (using this calculator, or for those of you who remember fondly things like RPN, try here).

So, it seems we still have time to plan the party! Maybe we could combine it with the plastic-y world IP day celebrations on 26 April?

Lid dip: Kay Lam-MacLeod

Dancing on the ceiling

Forty years ago today, Minister Bowen’s Act came into play.

It’s not often you wake up to the 40th birthday of the Copyright Act 1968 which came into force on 1 May 1969. From Note 1: see “Gazette 1969, p. 2543”.

With apologies to some Sergeants.

More dancing on the ceiling here.