That Time Ancient Monks Waged War Over A Copyright


Saint Columba converting King Brude of the Picts to Christianity. William Hole / Scottish National Portrait Gallery / Public Domain

The first modern copyright law was the Statute of St. Anne, passed in Great Britain in 1710. However, copyright disputes themselves are much older -- and in at least once case, an argument over copyright led to thousands of deaths. Listen in to learn the strange story of how Saint Columba and Saint Finian went into open battle over copyright.