References:  EngR 351, (1817) 2 Mer 435, (1817) 35 ER 1006
Coram: Lord Eldon
Lord Eldon refused an injunction to restrain the publication of Wat Tyler, because he held the work itself to be of an injurious tendency; but he maintained the principle, that, if the work had been innocent in its character, the author would have been entitled to the protection of the Court; and held, that an author had a property in an unpublished work, independently of the statute of 8 Anne, c. 19.
This case is cited by:
- Cited – Prince Albert -v- Strange ChD ((1849) 1 H & Tw 1, 2 De G & SM 293, (1849) 1 Mac & G 25, Bailii,  EWHC Ch J20,  EngR 255, Commonlii, (1849) 41 ER 1171,  EngR 261, Commonlii, (1849) 47 ER 1302, (1849) 2 De Gex & Sim 652)
The Prince sought to restrain publication of otherwise unpublished private etchings and lists of works by Queen Victoria. The etchings appeared to have been removed surreptitiously from or by one Brown. A personal confidence was claimed.
Held: . .