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COPYRIGHT LAW REVISION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1975
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:10 a.m., in room 2226, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Robert W. Kastenmeier (chairman of the subcommittee] presiding.
Present: Representatives Kastenmeier, Danielson, Drinan, Pattison, Railsback, and Wiggins.
Also present: Herbert Fuchs and Bruce A. Lehman, counsels; and Thomas E. Mooney, associate counsel.
Mr. KASTEN MEIER. The committee will come to order. We have met this morning to begin subcommittee hearings on H.R. 2223, introduced by the Chair, for the general revision of the copyright law."
Ten years ago this month in this room the subcommittee began what turned out to be 22 days of public hearings on a bill having the same purpose, namely, the total revision of title 17, United States Code, the copyright law.
The 1965 hearings, followed by many subcommittee meetings, resulted in a revision bill being reported to and passed by the House of Representatives on April 11, 1967. The Senate, however, failed to act on that bill and the House-passed bill expired.
In September 1974, when the Senate at last did pass a copyright law revision bill, the involvement of the House Judiciary Committee in the nomination of Nelson Rockefeller to be Vice President prevented House consideration of the measure during what was left of 1974. However, the ('ongress did enact legislation creating a National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works, of which the President is to appoint the members.
With the coming of 1975, Senator McClellan reintroduced the 1974 Senate-passed bill as S. 22, and the Chair introduced an identical bill in the House under the number H.R. 2223. Title II of the bills S. 22 and H.R. 22:23, go beyond providing copyright law revision, and provide protection of ornamental designs of useful articles.
In addition, the subcommittee has before it two measures directly related to the proposed revision. One of these, H.R. 5315, introduced by our subcommittee colleague, Mr. Danielson, would create a performer's royalty as part of the bundle of rights known as copyright.
The other, H.R. 4965, introduced by Mr. Won Pat, would authorize the making of video tapes for transmission on noncontiguous cable television systems, that is, in places other than the 48 mainland States.
COPYRIGHT LAW REVI
BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, CIVIL LIE AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUS
MAY 7, 8 14, 15: JUNE 8, 11, 12: JULY 10, 17. 23 ; SEPTE
18; OCTOBER 9,30; NOVEMBER 6, 20; AND DECEMBER