The development of copyright law in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Cameroon
This work is on the history of copyright law in two jurisdictions: the United Kingdom and the Republic of Cameroon. It traces the origin and development of copyright protection in these jurisdictions, laying emphasis on the influence of international copyright on the development of copyright law in these two countries. It also focuses on the extent to which copyright laws in both countries have been amended over the years to enable it to catch up with advances in science and technology. As far as the development of copyright law in the United Kingdom is concerned, the major areas discussed include the system of royal copyright privileges in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and its role in the birth of the concept of literary property; the role of the Stationers' Company in the early development copyright; the historic Copyright Act of 1709 and its application in England and Scotland; the landmark case of Donaldson v. Beckett and its importance in the formulation of the concept of authors' rights and the demolition of common law copyright; the proliferation of copyright legislation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the consolidation of statutory copyright by the 1911 Copyright Act and, subsequently, the Copyright Act, 1956 and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Acts, 1988. Also discussed is the UK's adhesion to certain conventions in the area of copyright and neighbouring rights and the extent to which these conventions have influenced the development of its copyright law.