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In the 1700s, prior to copyright laws, piracy was a respectable business. “Take a book that is selling well, reprint it…then haul in the profit.” But pirating literature was also a risky enterprise; if it is printed and sold too late, it was unlikely that your pirated copies would sell well. Even so, it was a risk that businessmen like Frédéric-Samuel Ostervald were willing to take, especially when Voltaire himself encouraged piracy of his work. Read full article here

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