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ERIC Number: ED076205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 12
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A Century of Copyright in the Library of Congress.
Cole, John Y.
Before 1870, copyright registration and deposit were functions of several government departments. After the first Federal copyright law was passed in 1790, copyright registration was performed by the clerk in the U.S. district court for the district where the applicant resided, and single copies of copyright deposits were sent to different offices. The 1870 copyright law, a major concern of Ainsworth Spofford, Librarian of Congress, provided that two depository copies should be sent to the Librarian of Congress, who was to perform all duties required by the copyright law, and that all copyright records and deposits of the district courts and the Patent Office should be transferred to the Library of Congress. By establishing a central registration system for copyright and ensuring a constant flow of copyright deposits, the law permanently altered the nature of the copyright business of the Government and the nature of the Library of Congress. This brief pamphlet, prepared for an exhibit at the Library of Congress, discusses Spofford's role in the 1870 copyright law. (Author/SJ)
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Authoring Institution: Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New York, NY.