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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
JAMES 0. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas
EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Illinois SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina
ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska THOMAS J. DODD, Connecticut
HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii PHILIP A. HART, Michigan
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
JACOB K. JAVITS, New York
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, AND COPYRIGHTS
JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas, Chairman PHILIP A. HART, Michigan
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
THOMAS C. BRENNAN, Chief Counsel
Statements submitted for inclusion in record-
Dr. Charles F. Gosnell, chairman, Committee on Copyright Issues of
COPYRIGHT LAW REVISION
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1965
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:05 a.m., in room 3302, New Senate Office Building, Senator John L. McClellan presiding
Present: Senators McClellan and Fong.
Also present: Thomas C. Brennan, chief counsel, Edd N. Williams, Jr., assistant counsel; and Stephen C. Haaser, chief clerk, Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights; and Mr. Horace A. Flurry, representing Senator Hart.
Senator McCLELLAN. The committee will come to order.
The subcommittee this morning opens the public hearing on S. 1006, to provide for a general revision of the copyright law. This bill was introduced by me on February 4 at the request of the Library of Congress.
Tho enactment of copyright legislation is one of the powers specifically conferred upon the Congress by the Constitution. It is, therefore, appropriate that 10 years of preparatory work, including the publication by this subcommittee of 34 copyright law studies, has been devoted to the preparation of this important bill. The labors of the Copyright Office, and of the many individuals in private life who have participated in the consultations on this bill, will be of considerable assistance to the subcommittee in its examination of this complex subject.
Our existing copyright law is substantially unchanged from that adopted in 1909 and is clearly inadequate to cope with the developments in communications and technology.
I personally have no preconceived opinion about any provision of this bill. My sole objective in introducing it was to devise a modern copyright statute that would encourage creativity and protect the interest which the public has in the subject matter of this legislation.
I certainly invite the comments and suggestions of all who are interested in this problem. Those who are competent to give us counsel and those who are interested, I hope they will respond, and if they have anything they can contribute, we shall be glad to receive it.
Mr. BRENNAN. Mr. Chairman. May I first offer for inclusion at this point in the record the notice of this hearing, which appeared in the Congressional Record.