ERIC Number: ED221227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Copyright Office, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Copyright Royalty Tribunal. Oversight Hearings before the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, First Session (March 4 and June 11, 1981).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
Statements and testimony from four major and eight additional witnesses comprise these 1981 hearings. David Ladd, Register of Copyrights and Associate Librarian for Copyright Services, reports on the functions and administrative operations of the Copyright Office since the new copyright law came into effect in 1978. The functions of the Patents and Trademarks Office, its current problems, and the future of the industrial property system are delineated by Rene D. Tegtmeyer, Acting Commissioner of the Office. Clarence L. James, Jr., Chairman of the Copyright Royalty Tribunal, advocates elimination of the Tribunal, which currently sets compulsory royalty fees for certain uses of copyrighted material in cable television, phonograph recordings, jukeboxes, and public broadcasting. Based on a review of the Tribunal's legislative history, proceedings and procedures, and its effect on 18 private organizations, Wilbur D. Campbell of the U.S. General Accounting Office recommends that Congress amend the Copyright Act of 1976 and appropriate additional funds to improve the Tribunal's operations. Future options for organization of the Tribunal, its key rate setting and distribution decisions to date, and the pros and cons of eliminating its compulsory licenses are also outlined. Supporting materials are provided in the four appendices. (ESR)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Copyright Law 1976