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For example, in 1950 the ratio of fees plus the value of deposits to the costs of operation was 166 percent. This ratio has declined over the intervening years to an estimated 109 percent for the fiscal year ending in June 1966.

It is our experience, based upon the 1928 and the 1948 fee increases, that in the year immediately following the increase the number of registrations will decline somewhat but the monetary income will increase. Allowing for such an expected drop in the number of registrations, it is our estimate that the fee schedule provided in the bill would return to the Government approximately 80 percent of the moneys appropriated to the Office. This percentage is in line with the 75 percent of return provided for in the recently enacted Patent Office fee bill.

The amount of each fee increase is modest. For example, in the case of the large majority of registration fees, the increase will be from $4 to $6. In view of the other increases throughout the economy since 1948, it would seem that the increase of $2 in the registration fee would not be a serious obstacle to registration.

A somewhat different situation exists in the case of renewals of original claims, where the present fee is $2. If this were increased to $6, the increase would be proportionately much higher than for other classes or services. We believe that a fee of $4, rather than $6, in the case of renewals, would be appropriate.

The present law does not provide a fee for the recordation of noticesof-intention-to-use a musical composition on a phonograph record, although the recordation of a notice-of-use does require a fee. Consequently, an identical fee is proposed for recordation of a notice-ofintention-to-use. I might add this is the only new feature of the bill in the sense that it adds something that is not there. Most other fees are raised in a smaller amount, as will be seen by reference to the appendix to this statement which contains, among other figures, a comparison of the present and proposed fees.

Finally, H.R. 2853 proposes to increase the maximum price for the entire set of Catalogs of Copyright Entires. Current law provides that such full set of catalogs shall not exceed $25 and permits the Register of Copyrights to set a price for the individual parts of the catalog. Based upon the increases in the cost of printing other Government publications, it is believed that the full set of catalogs should be listed at a price of $75, as provided for in the bill.

In conclusion, I wish to state that the Copyright Office supports H.R. 2853 and recommends its early approval.

(The attachments to Mr. Cary's statement follow :)

Thank you.

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Entire catalog-
Registration (except commercial prints and

labels).
Registration-commercial prints and labels
Registration-photographs-no certificate ?
Renewal.
Additional certificate.
Certification.
Recording assignments
Additional pages.
Additional titles
Notice of rise.
Notice of intention to use.
Additional title
Searches (per hour).
Comparing copy of assignment with Copyright

50 50 . 50 1.00 1.00

1.00
1.00
1.00
2.00
2.00

2.00 1.00 2.00 3.00

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4.00 2.00 3.00 5.00

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Office record and certifying--

1.00

1.00

2.00

I Under 1928 law, unpublished works registered for $1.

* Under 1909 and 1928 laws, photographs registered with or without certificate. This option no longer available. * Not applicable.

Under 1909 law recording fees based on number of words in documents; above figure for basic 300 words. Under 1928 law, charge was for record book page. In 1948 and the bill, charge is for documents up to 6 pages.

Copyright Office fiscal chart, 1949–66

Year

Fees applied

Total income

Salaries

Estimated

value of materials transferred to Library of Congress

Total

Other
costs

Percent

total income to cost

Percent applied fees to cost

cost 1

1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1900 1961 1962 1963. 1964. 1965 1966 4

$834, 738
849, 661
797, 961
803, 168
865, 302
871, 463
881, 017
881, 612
892, 612
945, 231
979, 941

975, 192
1,009, 679
1,043, 587
1,077, 747
1, 133, 546
1, 208, 014
1, 268, 414

$511, 230 564, 990 590, 398 601,012 642, 713 363, 868 374, 690 392, 561 2 542, 389

546, 313
548, 169
551, 077
604, 013
580, 672
584, 756
3 854, 273
896, 986
941, 835

$1, 345, 968 $742, 300
1, 414, 561 811, 728
1,388, 359 890, 000
1, 404, 180 987, 510
1, 508,015 1,008, 409
1, 235, 331 1,026, 700
1, 255, 707 1,053, 600
1,274, 173 1,164, 875
1, 435, 001 1,213, 947
1, 491, 544 1, 186, 339
1, 528, 110 1, 226, 871
1,526, 269 1,283, 293
1,613, 692 1,395,000
1,624, 259 1,414,000
1,662, 503 1,467, 560
1,987, 819 1,570,000
2, 105,000 1,712, 200
2, 210, 249 1,812,000

$39, 500 $781, 800
39, 500 851, 228
39, 500 929, 500
39, 500 1,027, 010
80,700 1,089, 109
73,300 1,100,000
70,300 1, 123, 900
73,600 1,238, 475
73,600 1,287, 547
143, 316 1,329, 655
170, 389 1,397, 260
166, 707 1, 450,000
193, 800 1,588, 800
186,000 1,600,000
206,000 1, 673, 560
211,000 1,781,000
202, 000 1,914, 200
209,000 2,021, 000

179
166
149
137
138
112
112
103
122
112
109
105
102
102

99 112 109 109

107 100 86 78 79 79 78 71 76 71 70 67

65 64 64 63 62

1 Prior to 1953 the Copyright Office appropriations were for salaries and printing the Catalog of Copyright Entries. The appropriations did not cover miscellaneous costs, i.e., miscellaneous printing, supplies, postage, etc.

2 Value of material transferred to Library of Congress increased. * Value of material transferred to Library of Congress increased. * Estimated.

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NOTE.-Prior to 1953 the Copyright Office appropriations were for salaries and printing the Catalog of Copyright Entries only. The appropriations did not cover miscellaneous printing, supplies, postage, etc.

Registrations Thousands

300

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290

280

270

260

250

240

230

220

210

200

1948

Copyright Fees Thousands $ 1,200

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1,100

1,000

900

800

700

600

500

400

1948

Trend

of Registrations & Copyright Fees

since
Act of April 27, 1948

1952

1956

1960

1952

1956

1960

1964

Comparative Increase

of Appropriated Funds and Copyright Fees

1940 - 1965

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