HON293C: Literary Scandals and Controversies

An archived version of a 2007 NCSU course blog

“The Case for Shakespeare” Question (Chapters 9-12)

McCrea mentions that copyright laws did not exist in the Elizabethan era, so when were copyright laws first established and was there a particular case or reason that led to the passing of the laws?
Quotes from McCrea:
“There is also the problem of plagiarism, which in the days before copyright laws was rampant.” (page 139)
“In Elizabethan England, there was no copyright as we know it today.” (page 187)

2 responses to ““The Case for Shakespeare” Question (Chapters 9-12)

  1. Danny Mays January 30, 2007 at 1:54 am

    I’m not sure what happened, but I can’t post my own topics, so I will post in the one available. Why was there such an increase in extravagant spending and debt, and what is the connection between potential authors of Shakespeare and fiscal irresponsibility.

  2. Johanna Schafer January 30, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Between the people that are suspects to be the Author of Shakespeare’s plays, what is the order of popularity amoung suspects by scholarly literature? The suspects I am referring to inparticularly are Sir Francis Bacon, William Stanley, Christopher Marlowe, Ralegh, and Rutland.

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