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The House Committee on the Judiciary has heretofore issued four prints in the “Copyright Law Revision” series, covering the progress of the revision program from the initial Report of the Register of Copyrights issued in July 1961 up to the preparation of the bill (H.R. 11947 and S. 3008, 88th Cong.) introduced on July 20, 1964. The discussions and comments on the 1964 bill are in the process of being assembled for issuance as part 5 in the series.

The 1964 bill was modified in the light of these discussions and comments, and a new bill was introduced on February 4, 1965 (H.R. 4347 and S. 1006, 89th Cong.). The Register of Copyrights has now submitted his Supplementary Report which explains the 1965 bill in detail. Because of its immediate importance in connection with forthcoming hearings on the 1965 bill, the Supplementary Report is being issued at this time as part 6 in the “Copyright Law Revision” series, preceding the release of part 5.

In issuing this material the committee neither approves nor disapproves any of the views expressed therein. It is believed that this material will be valuable, both now and in the future, to all persons concerned with the copyright law.


Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary. [May 26, 1965]




Washington, D.C., May 13, 1965. THE HONORABLE JOHN W. McCORMACK, Speaker of the House of Representatives, "Washington, D.C.

SIR: In 1955, under an authorization by Congress, the Copyright Office undertook a program of studies and legislative drafting aimed at the general revision of the copyright law, title 17 of the United States Code. So far this program has produced: a series of 35 studies, all but one of which were published in the form of committee prints issued by the Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary; the 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law, containing detailed recommendations for a revised statute; the 1963 preliminary draft of a revision bill, issued for discussion by the Panel of Consultants on General Revision of the Copyright Law; three volumes of transcripts of discussions and written comments on the 1961 Report and the 1963 preliminary draft; the copyright law revision bill of 1964 (H.R. 11947, H.R. 12354, S. 3008, 88th Cong., 2d sess.); and the copyright law revision bill of 1965 (H.R. 4347, H.R. 5680, H.R. 6831, H.R. 6835, S. 1006, 89th Cong., 1st sess.). A volume of discussions and comments on the 1964 bill is still in preparation, and will be issued as “Copyright Law Revision, Part 5.".

As explained in the attached letter of transmittal from the Register of Copyrights, the Copyright Office has prepared a Supplementary Report to accompany the 1965 bill. This report not only contains a detailed explanation of the provisions of the pending bills, but also includes, as an appendix, a comparative table consisting of a sectionby-section reprint of the present law, the 1965 and 1964 bills, and the preliminary draft of 1963.

I am pleased to submit this Supplementary Report of the Register of Copyrights on General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law to you and to the Vice President for consideration and use by the Congress. Very truly yours,


Librarian of Congress. Enclosures:

Transmittal letter from Register of Copyrights.
Supplementary Report.

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