Today in Copyright History: 1/8

On January 8, 1783, Connecticut passed the first U.S. copyright statute.  Noted lexicographer Noah Webster was instrumental in securing its enactment.  All other U.S. states except for Delaware followed suit.

 By Engraving is inscribed “Morse Pinx, Kellogg Sc”, and noted “engraved for the quarto edition of Webster's American Dictionary” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

By Engraving is inscribed “Morse Pinx, Kellogg Sc”, and noted “engraved for the quarto edition of Webster's American Dictionary” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.