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VIII, c. 2, (requiring aliens, including denizens, to hire only English-born apprentices, and limiting them to two foreign journeymen). 9- 21 Hen. VIII, c. 16, (prohibiting artificers not denizens from setting up shop in London). 8. " The 1533 statute further forbade the importation of books for reselling and the purchase at retail of any books imported. It also conpoints, as tained a price-control provision. Although the economic reasons for the statute were no doubt bona fide, the change in policy was consistent with the revival of a policy of stringent censorship under Henry VIII.

15. 16. 17. (1910), Procl. No. 7. COPYRIGHT IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE 24 goods and of imprisonment; that no person was to print book except after examination by some of the Privy Counany English cil or other persons appointed; and that no printer was to publish any books of scripture in English until they were examined by the king, feiture of all one of the Privy Council, or a bishop. no accident that these proclamations were all directed because to heresies, they were merely incidents in the religious struggle then going on between Henry and Rome.

Mary's last proclamation, June consisting of three sentences. books a capital offense. It 35 1558, was short and to the point, made the mere possession of unlawful 6, But the most important official act of Mary's reign indeed, possibly the most important single act in the history of Anglo-American copyright occurred the year before this last angry proclamation: on May 4, 1557, Philip and Mary granted a charter to the Stationers' Company. The partnership between the company and the government, one interested in protecting property, the other in controlling the press, was to last for over a hundred years.

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