Just a Thought

”To every Cow its Calf, so to every Book its Copy” - Decision of Diarmuid, High King of Ireland circa 6th century.

This was arguably the first mention of the principle of copyright where the High King of Ireland found against the Christian missionary Columba to stop him copying books from the many monasteries he visited throughout Ireland. The abbot of one of these monasteries, St Finian of Clonard, objected to Columba’s plagiaristic activities and therefore brought a case against him before the High King of Ireland. In finding against Columba, the High King established the legal principle of Copyright, which is now recognised throughout the world.

Legal Origin of Copyright.


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