Mark Twain was a prominent American author in multiple genres, including fiction and journalism, during the 19th century.
European output of books before the advent of copyright, 6th century to 18th century. Blue shows printed books. Log-lin plot; a straight line therefore shows an exponential increase.
The Statute of Anne (the Copyright Act 1709) came into force in 1710.
The Pirate Publisher—An International Burlesque that has the Longest Run on Record, from Puck, 1886, satirizes the then-existing situation where a publisher could profit by simply copying newly published works from one country, and publishing them in another, and vice versa.
A copyright symbol used in copyright notice
A copyright symbol embossed on a piece of paper.
Expansion of US copyright law (currently based on the date of creation or publication)
DVD: All rights reserved

In the copyright laws of various jurisdictions, there is a necessity for little flexibility regarding what constitutes authorship.

- Author

Typically, the first owner of a copyright is the person who created the work i.e. the author.

- Copyright
Mark Twain was a prominent American author in multiple genres, including fiction and journalism, during the 19th century.

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The Gutenberg Bible, one of the first books to be printed using the printing press.

Book

Medium for recording information in the form of writing or images, typically composed of many pages bound together and protected by a cover.

Medium for recording information in the form of writing or images, typically composed of many pages bound together and protected by a cover.

The Gutenberg Bible, one of the first books to be printed using the printing press.
Fragments of the Instructions of Shuruppak: "Shurrupak gave instructions to his son: Do not buy an ass which brays too much. Do not commit rape upon a man's daughter, do not announce it to the courtyard. Do not answer back against your father, do not raise a 'heavy eye.'". From Adab, c. 2600–2500 BCE
Book of the Dead of Hunefer; c. 1275 BC; ink and pigments on papyrus; 45 × 90.5 cm; British Museum (London)
A Chinese bamboo book meets the modern definition of Codex
Folio 14 recto of the 5th century Vergilius Romanus contains an author portrait of Virgil. Note the bookcase (capsa), reading stand and the text written without word spacing in rustic capitals.
The Codex Amiatinus anachronistically depicts the Biblical Ezra with the kind of books used in the 8th Century AD.
Burgundian author and scribe Jean Miélot, from his Miracles de Notre Dame, 15th century.
Desk with chained books in the Malatestiana Library of Cesena, Italy.
Bagh print, a traditional woodblock printing technique that originated in Bagh Madhya Pradesh, India.
A 15th-century Incunable. Notice the blind-tooled cover, corner bosses and clasps.
Selected Teachings of Buddhist Sages and Son Masters, the earliest known book printed with movable metal type, printed in Korea, in 1377, Bibliothèque nationale de France.
The spine of the book is an important aspect in book design, especially in the cover design. When the books are stacked up or stored in a shelf, the details on the spine is the only visible surface that contains the information about the book. In stores, it is the details on the spine that attract a buyer's attention first.
Parts of a modern case bound book
Book covers
Book pages
A screen of a Kindle e-reader.
Actual-size facsimile of the Codex Gigas, also known as the 'Devil's Bible' (from the illustration at right)
A page from the world's largest book. Each page is three and a half feet wide, five feet tall and a little over five inches thick
Novels in a bookstore
A page from a dictionary
An atlas
A page from a notebook used as hand written diary
A telephone directory, with business and residence listings.
Hardcover books
Paperback books
Cigarette smuggling with a book
The Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey was built in 135 AD, and could house around 12,000 scrolls.
ISBN with barcode
Books on library shelves and call numbers visible on the spines
Halfbound book with leather and marbled paper.

The Christian authors may also have wanted to distinguish their writings from the pagan and Judaic texts written on scrolls.

See also intellectual property, public domain, copyright.

Mark Twain was a prominent American author in multiple genres, including fiction and journalism, during the 19th century.

Joint authorship

Mark Twain was a prominent American author in multiple genres, including fiction and journalism, during the 19th century.

Joint authorship of a copyrightable work is when two or more persons contribute enough to the work to be the author of that work.

In the case of joint authorship, the authors share the copyright in the work with each other.