19 Mar, 2021

Copyright Protection Act for Inventions

On March 19, 1474 in Venice, for the first time in the world, a law was passed on the protection of copyright for inventions. It was the first copyright law in the world to recognize a “moral right” and an exclusive right for an author to use his invention for a limited period of time.

By the way, it was during this period that Leonardo Da Vinci lived and worked in Venice, whose work the world owes to the prototypes of modern tanks, spacesuits, helicopters and parachutes. But the great artist and inventor, unfortunately, was unable to take advantage of the new law. Perhaps the scientist was afraid of the church, which was highly suspicious of any innovation.

In the Middle Ages, the forerunners of copyright were the so-called privileges that were assigned by the monarch to the author. The privileges usually extended to artistic literary works.

But this practice was quite rare: many scientists and people of art believed that claiming rights to their works was senseless and sinful, since their works are not an act of creation, but are only a particle of divine knowledge, expressed in a feasible way.