The first copy right law goes back to 1700s with the 1710 Act name the Statue of Anne that established the principals of author’s ownership and a fixed term of protection of copyrighted works for fourteen years, and renewable for fourteen more if the author was alive upon expiration. In order for an author to receive any pay for their work the had to assign it to a bookseller or publisher. The next big step for copy rights came through the constitution in 1787 in Article 1 section 8 where it states “the Congress shall have power . . . to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” This act would soon be revised several times later on
In 1831 the years of copy right protection was extended from fourteen years to twenty eight years, with possibility of a fourteen year extension. 1886 the Berne convention basically set the ground work for international copyright laws to be similar in different countries, in 1891 a bill was created in hopes to enforce the ideas that were discussed in the Berne convention. In 1909 the copy right act was revised again making the copy right protection to twenty eight years with twenty eight year extension.