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Piracy (publishing)
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Piracy (in publishing) refers to unauthorized reprinting of already published original printings without permission of the author or the original publishing house. Pirated printings were cheaper because the author did not receive an honorarium; they were often published with a fictitious imprint or without imprint, and sometimes also with textual variants (on recogition: [8. 267–271]). The legal battle against piracy and in favor of copyright was joined in the Old Empire in the 18th and early 19th centuries under the heading of reprints. 

In the incunabula period and the …

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Schneider, Ute, “Piracy (publishing)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026164>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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