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A reproduction is the New edition of a publication, whereby the new edition, unchanged in the text, which a text can experience within a publishing house, of the usually contractually fixed assumption and publication of the text by another enterprise as well as of the pirated edition, which, is to be differentiated between illegal reproduction.

The borders between reproduction and pirated edition lay in the early pressure nature, which worked without copyright, in the which existed between the enterprises over the assumption. Whole editions could change enterprises, about if a competitor could promise to set the remainder edition off at its own public far better. The title taking over publishing house set in such cases usually new title pages on the still free commodity and printed, if the title successfully ran with it, entitled the further editions. In principle the consent existed between publishing houses that nobody reprinted titles without arrangement.

The reproduction happens today under complex legal conditions far more regularly: Rights remain frequent within an entrepreneurial group, which for instance the title, which reprints ran in the Hardcover under a label of the house, in a paperback publishing house of the same enterprise. One, in order transparency over the investments and amortizations too will receive, the secondary marketing within the same company as assumption of the title will seize, as she would happen otherwise between separate and independent enterprises.

With reproductions by strange enterprise license agreements are met. A title can be made accessible for instance in book clubs reprinted special groups of public, it can to a strange paperback publishing house the secondary marketing be given and it can completely to another publishing house be sold. The license agreements usually note a proportional participation in the sales of reprinted copies.


Reproduction was to in late 18. Century a name for an illegitimate reprint of a successful book. Another designation is pirated edition and/or pirat copy.

The Nachdrucker tried to copy the successful book in details - illustrations e.g. after-stung -. However also cases are well-known, in which the Nachdrucker did without the casting of the expensive illustrations of the original and more cheaply could offer so its product. Often high sums investing publishers of the original could try to protect itself due to obrigkeitliche protection privileges - e.g. imperial pressure privileges - from the reproduction. That was only conditionally successful due to territorial splintering of Germany, particularly since it could also occur that reproductions were officially promoted. That is e.g. with the reproduction of the economic encyclopedia of J.G. by Johann George Trassler in at the end 18. Century.

Since that 20. Century the terms reprint and reproduction are not any longer differentiated, so that the term reproduction offers today no reference more on the quite and/or illegitimacy of a pressure. e.g. see the two parallel published numbers of "reprints of German literature" and "reproductions of German literature".


Gerhard thin head: Baroque reprints. Remarks on the Faksimilieren of literary texts. In: From the second-hand bookshop (1981), No. 3

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