Washington Irving: Lawyer, Author, and Copyright Advocate

Washington Irving, the creator of the short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," wasn't the first lawyer to pick up his pen to write stories instead of legal briefs. One of his key focuses as an author was to fight for copyright laws. He found that his works in the United Kingdom, just as those of Charles Dickens, and later Rudyard Kipling, in the United States were pirated. In an effort to solve the problem of copyright abuse, he consulted another lawyer/author, Sir. Walter Scott, who helped him publish his works in England with his own publisher. Having the protection of copyright in both the UK and US allowed him the peace of mind and capital to become and literary celebrity. Irving wou