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Privilegium impressorium
(998 words)

1. Concept and function

The invention of printing with movable type around 1440 meant that there were no longer any physical limits on the reproduction or circulation of texts. Freedom of publication offered printers scope for illicit reprinting, which threatened authors and the printers and publishers to whom they entrusted their work with loss of earnings and hence…

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Mohnhaupt, Heinz, “Privilegium impressorium”, 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 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018465>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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