Thursday, January 12, 2006

Privileged presses

Only certain presses in England are authorized to print the Book of Common Prayer, which exists under perpetual Royal Copyright. These presses are the Cambridge and Oxford University presses. Although most presses would need a special letter to print the book, those two presses are allowed to print the book due to their charter, which explicitly states that they have the right to print all manner of books, effectively ignoring any copyright.