From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print

From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print
Tags: Neil Weinstock Netanel

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. It continues to be applied today, notably in a rabbinic ruling outlawing pirated software, issued at Microsoft's request.