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A legally entrenched copyright protected by penalties did not exist in Greek and Roman antiquity ([1]; cf. [2]).  Plagiarism was considered reprehensible but had no legal consequences. The occurrence described in Vitr. 7 praef. 4-7 according to which  Aristophanes [4] of Byzantium exposed the victors of a poetic competition in Alexandria as plagiarists, who were then punished by the king, is an exception. Similarly, the wish of  Martial [1] (1,52, cf. [3] ad loc.) that a plagiarist of his poems should be punished according to the lex Fabia de plagiariis, is an express…

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Schmitzer, Ulrich (Berlin), “Copy­right”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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