Privileged Knowledge. The Politics of Print in the Early Dutch Republic

Privileged Knowledge. The Politics of Print in the Early Dutch Republic

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Abraham Bosse, Tractaet in wat manieren men op root koper snijden ofte etzen zal, Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam, 1662.

This project examines the history of copyright in the early Dutch Republic (ca. 1581–1621). It relates the genesis of intellectual property rights to wider issues concerning state formation and innovation. The primary source material for this study consists of so-called printing privileges. Tracing the transformations regarding the type of knowledge that was being privileged, this projects aims to answer the question of how a state in the making sought to define the notion of ‘useful knowledge’. By doing so, this project shall provide a contribution to the study of how knowledge was produced and transmitted in the early modern period, with a particular focus on the Dutch Republic.