1710; The “Statute of Anne” was the first attempt to place value on original creations of writings by creating a monopoly rite for controlling printing.
1734; The “Hogarth’s Act” or “Engravers Act” was the first recognition of the moral rights of good Samaritan visual artists to control potentially immoral usage of art.
Hogarth’s engravings were perhaps the first political cartoons and portrayed polititions soliciting partially clothed prostitutes.
1766; William Hogarth’s spouse was granted the right to control usage of potentially immoral art by her late husband.
1765~9 William Blackstone wrote the second volume of the “Commentaries on the Laws of England” titled “Rights of Things” and in the 26th chapter or page 541 of 1269 in this PDF.
In Earth’s first authoritative book on law, Sir William Blackstone first wrote a new word or coined a word never included in Johnson’s authoritative “Complete Dictionary of the English Language”.
1776-1781; The Revolutionary War
1787; Johnson’s authoritative “Complete Dictionary of the English Language” was used while composing the United Sates’ Constitution in 1787 and is why this new word is not used in the”Progress Cause“.
The most well known U.S. publisher at the time, Benjamin Franklin, felt the Constitution was too important an international document to be used to “coin” a word and made sure George Washington did not use the first State of the Union speech to propose a new word as well. Benjamin Franklin was an elderly publishing genius who died in 1790 shortly after the first State of the Union was given.
Benjamin Franklin was too ill to give his own speech encouraging unanimous approval of the Constitution in 1787 but had this speech delivered by proxy given Benjamin Franklin’s attention to this nation building publication.
1790 01/08; First State of the Union by George Washington Mentioning the need to protect intellectual property.
“Nor am I less persuaded, that you will agree with me in opinion, that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
1790 04/17; Benjamin Franklin died.
1790 05/31; The 1790 Copy[rite] Act was passed into law as written by Noah Webster copying the 1710 “Statute of Anne” ritual or RITE but not recognizing the right of a good Samaritan visual artist or spouse to control usage of potentially unauthorized, immoral visual presentations.
1806; [sic]”copysight” [sic]”Cop’ysight”, s. the sole right to print a book. Was actually the first dictionary on Earth with copyright but is misinterpreted by OCR reading of the mutilated printed page seen HERE in “Johnson’s dictionary of the English language, in miniature. To which are added, an alphabetical account of the heathen deities, and a copious chronological table of remarkable events, discoveries, and inventions” See here as 282/pg PDF of scanned book. See copyright on page 56.
1828; copyright; n. The sole right which an author has in his own original literary compositions; the exclusive right of an author to print, publish and vend his own literary works, for his own benefit; the like right in the hands of an assignee.
/\/\/\First appearance in an American dictionary of the word copyright defined without any provision for honor like already existed since 1734 in England due to the rule of law.
1973 01/23; Roe v Wade SCOTUS ruled abortion became a private human right for a time but this time was not described precisely and suggested to be politically addressed.
1976; The Copy[rite] Act of 1790 was wholly rewritten.
1978 07/03; FCC v Pacifica, SCOTUS recognized the duty of the FCC to regulate indecent communications
1990; The United States passed 17 U.S.C. §106A to make U.S. copy[rite]law have an aspect for preserving moral honor to remain Berne Convention compliant.
2010; Lord Most Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren ruled 17 U.S.C. §106A does not protect against “online” uses of art that harm artist’s honor.