Historical Background of Copy Right in Iran

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Painter / Researcher
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Abbas Hosseini has a BA and an MA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Art. He has held five one-man shows in various galleries in Tehran, and participated in numerous collective exhibitions, such as the Drawing Exhibition at Iranian Society of Painters, 2010, Tehran, Iran, The Fourth International painting Biennial of the Islamic World 2007, Saba Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran; Visual Art Festival, Painting, Drawing, Poster, Illustration, held by Damonfar Company, Niavaran Cultural Center, 2006, Tehran, Iran; The First International Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, 1999, Tehran, Iran., etc.. Among his publications are the following articles: "Bache-khavni,The First Illustrated Children and Folkoric Books in Iran", (forthcoming). Golestan Honar Quarterly, Tehran, Iran. "Mir Seyed Ali, Narrator of Public Life". Art Quarterly, No.81, fall 2009, Tehran, Iran, and "Kabuki Heroes & the Ukiyo-e Prints". Collected articles published by Academy of Art, 2010, Tehran Iran.

When the printing press and the movable type were first introduced in Iran during the 19th century, a large number of books were published and distributed. But since the general public was very much interested in illustrated books (which had its roots in the historical past and in the fine and elaborate illuminated manuscripts) the moveable type was soon replaced by lithographed books which could easily include and print fine, imaginative and elaborate illustrations, without the help of photographic methods and techniques.      
 In some 19th century lithographed books published in Iran, one can notice the evidence of early attempts at Copy Righting printed materials in that century. In a number of lithographed books, there is the signature of the Minister of Culture and Information (Etemad al-Saltaneh) , who has indicated the publishing rights of the publisher and the printing run. These are the first sings of publishing rights in Persian printing history. 
This paper will focus on some of these cases, and  will discuss the impact of the practice in those formative days.

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Painting/ Indipendent Researcher
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