ERIC Number: ED343610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-12
Reference Count: N/A
Copyright Renewal Provisions. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks of the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session on S. 765. A Bill To Amend Title 17, United States Code, the Copyright Renewal Provisions, and for Other Purposes.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
This hearing was held to discuss a proposal to restore a measure of equity and fairness to the copyright law. Under current law, authors whose works were created after January 1, 1978, receive a single term of copyright protection, extending for the life of the author, plus 50 years. But authors of pre-1978 works are only entitled to a 28-year term of protection, and must file a registration renewal with the copyright office to receive an additional 47-year term of protection. This renewal requirement has caused a number of authors to accidentally forfeit copyright protection for their work, consequences felt most harshly by less noted authors of minor works, and by heirs and families of authors. S. 756, a bill to amend the copyright renewal provisions of title 17, U.S. Code, will automatically grant an additional 47-year term of copyright protection for these pre-1978 works and will make registration renewal voluntary. After an opening statement by Dennis DeConcini, Chairman of the Subcommittee, and the text of S. 756, transcripts of the testimony and/or statements by two witnesses are provided: (1) Ralph Oman, Register of Copyrights at the Library of Congress, accompanied by Dorothy Schrader and Eric Schwartz; and (2) Burton Lane, composer, on behalf of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, accompanied by Bernard Korman. Also included are additional statements and letters submitted for the record by Broadcast Music, Inc.; Jacqueline Byrd (widow of songwriter Robert Byrd); Irwin Karp (Committee for Literary Property Studies); John M. Kernochan (Columbia University School of Law); Gregory Luce (Sinister Cinema Video); National Music Publishers' Association, Inc.; L. Ray Patterson, Professor of Law, University of Georgia); and Barbara Ringer (former Register of Copyrights). (DB)
Descriptors: Authors, Copyrights, Court Litigation, Federal Legislation, Fees, Hearings, Intellectual Property, Ownership, Public Policy, Publishing Industry
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.