Vivere e lasciar vivere. Un progetto per scrittori e librai

Pievatolo, Maria Chiara and Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim Vivere e lasciar vivere. Un progetto per scrittori e librai. Bollettino Telematico di Filosofia Politica, 2008. [Journal article (Unpaginated)]


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English abstract

An Italian annotated translation of Lessing's project "Leben und Leben Lassen. Ein Projekt für Schriftsteller und Buchhändler". Lessing attempted to emancipate authors from patronage. Therefore, he tried to give his work an economical meaning by applying Locke's justification of property: everyone is entitled to be the legitimate owner of all that has come into being by means of his or her work. However, when a book has been published, it can be copied; why should authors defend copyright in a situation in which most of the profit from their creative work is earned by authorized or unauthorized publishers? How can authors get an income in a copy-friendly environment and in a publishing system in which publishers hardly share their earnings with them? Lessing proposed a system of print on demand in which earnings had to be equally shared among printers, authors and publishers, supported by a free circulation of previews. In the age of print his project was doomed to failure. Now it is worth reconsidering as a very interesting solution.

Italian abstract

Traduzione commentata del celebre progetto di Lessing, mirato a rendere l'autore economicamente autonomo in un ambiente in cui la copia è facile, ma ancora dominato dal potere editoriale.

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated)
Keywords: Lessing publishing copyright subscription public Enlightenment
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > EC. Book selling.
Depositing user: Maria Chiara Pievatolo
Date deposited: 26 Oct 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15



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