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The Pirate Publisher

The Pirate Publisher—An International Burlesque that has the Longest Run on Record, an illustration by Joseph Ferdinand Keppler run in Puck in 1886. It satirizes the then-existing copyright situation where a publisher could profit by simply stealing newly-published works from one country and publishing them in another, without needing to pay the authors. Amongst the authors depicted are Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Émile Zola, and W. S. Gilbert, who famously premiered The Pirates of Penzance in New York in an attempt to gain American copyright, as his previous work H.M.S. Pinafore had proved so immensely popular that 150 U.S. productions had already appeared before they officially brought the play across the Atlantic.

Illustration: Joseph Ferdinand Keppler; restoration: Adam Cuerden

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