Jewish copyright law is a rich body of jurisprudence that developed in parallel with modern copyright laws and the book privileges that preceded them jewish copyright law owes its origins to a reprinting ban that the rome rabbinic court issued for three books of hebrew grammar in 1518. From maimonides to microsoft is an outstanding achievement drawing on recent advances in the history of printed books the academic study of rabbinic law and comparative legal studies to present a comprehensive overview of the development of a jewish law of copyright netanel offers the first thorough discussion of key concepts in jewish . You will receive an e mail asking you to confirm your subscription from here you can control how you would like to receive your e mails per post daily digest or weekly digest. In 1998 microsoft petitioned a rabbinic court in bnei brak for a ruling that commercial piracy of software violates jewish law the courts curt one paragraph ruling proclaims that rabbis have ruled on similar questions since the dawn of print. Jewish law in the pre print era generally encouraged the copying sharing and dis semination of works of jewish learning and liturgy but with the invention of print
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