In the copyright row provoked by unauthorised reprints by the Edinburgh publisher Alexander Donaldson
began by asking what practices would benefit literature, and concluded that publishers needed to be able to count on...
21 February 1774
The House of Lords
decision Donaldson vs. Becket put an end to the legality (based in common law) of perpetual copyright. The case was provoked by the pirating activities of Alexander Donaldson