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REPORT OF THE REGISTER OF COPYRIGHTS FOR THE
FISCAL YEAR 1909–10
WASHINGTON, D. C., July 6, 1910 Sir: The copyright business and the work of the Copyright Office for the fiscal year from July 1, 1909, to June 30, 1910, inclusive, are summarized as follows:
The gross receipts during the year were $113,662.83. A Fees, etc. balance of $2,275.45, representing trust funds and unfinished business, was on hand July 1, 1909, making a total of $115,938.28 to be accounted for. Of this amount the sum of $4,519.62, received by the Copyright Office, was refunded as excess fees or as fees for articles not registrable, leaving a net balance of $111,418.66. The balance carried over to July 1, 1910, was $6,773.71 (representing trust funds, $6,389.73, and total unfinished business since July 1, 1897—thirteen years—$383.98), leaving for fees applied during the fiscal year 1909-10, $104,644.95.
This is an increase in fees over the previous fiscal year of $20,828.20.
The appropriation made by Congress for salaries in the Salaries Copyright Office for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1910, was $87,860. The total expenditure for salaries was $87,761.97, or $16,882.98 less than the net amount of fees earned and paid into the Treasury during the corresponding year. The expenditure for supplies, except furniture, Expenditures including stationery and other articles, and postage on foreign mail matter, etc., was $1,197.98. During the thirteen fiscal years since the reorganization Copyright
ceipts and fees of the Copyright Office (from July 1, 1897, to June 30, 1910),
the total receipts have exceeded a million dollars ($1,017,350.79); the copyright fees applied and paid into the Treasury have amounted to nearly a million dollars ($963,067.70); the articles deposited number considerably over two million (2,372,943), and the total copyright registrations exceed
a million (1,341,603). Value of copy- The fees ($963,067.70) were larger than the appropriaright deposits
tions for salaries used during the same period ($817,267.82) by $145,799.88. In addition to this direct profit, a large proportion of the 2,373,000 books, maps, prints, and other articles deposited during the thirteen years were of substantial pecuniary value and of such a character that their accession to the Library of Congress through the Copyright Office effected a saving to the purchase fund of the Library equal in amount to their cost.
COPYRIGHT ENTRIES AND FEES
The registrations for the fiscal year numbered 109,074. Of these 96,634 were registrations at $1 each, including a certificate, and 11,433 were registrations of photographs without certificates, at 50 cents each.' There were also 1,007 registrations of renewals at 50 cents each. The fees for these registrations amounted to a total of $102,854.
The number of registrations in each class from July 1, 1909, to June 30, 1910, as compared with the number of entries made in the previous year, is shown in Exhibit F.
The various articles deposited in compliance with the new copyright law, which have been registered, stamped, indexed, and catalogued during the fiscal year, amount to 197,313. In addition there were books, periodicals, dramas, music, and photographs to the number of 21,711, deposited to complete entries made during the previous fiscal year (1908-9), under the law then in force, which had not been previously catalogued or enumerated. The total number of articles deposited is, therefore, 219,024. The number of these articles in each class for the thirteen fiscal years is shown in Exhibit G.
COPYRIGHT CATALOGUE AND INDEX, BULLETINS AND
The permanent title-index cards for the fiscal year numbered 82,861. After being first used as the copy for the printed Catalogue, these cards were added to the permanent card indexes of the copyright entries. During the year the work of reducing the size of the card index by means of condensing entries for sets, etc., on ten and twelve line cards and eliminating duplicates was continued, and as a result 15,960 cards were withdrawn. The index now numbers a total of over 1,786,000 cards.
The publication of the Catalogue of Copyright Entries Catalogue of has been continued as required by law. For convenience of search the volumes are made to cover the works published and deposited during the calendar year rather than the fiscal year. Five volumes in all were printed for the year 1909, containing altogether 4,752 pages of permanent matter, the temporary monthly indexes being discarded when the volumes are bound. The Catalogue is divided into four parts according to subject-matter, and each part is sold separately at a nominal subscription rate within the maximum price established by law, as follows:
Part I, Books, pamphlets, dramatic compositions, and Subscription maps, $1; Part II, Periodicals, 50 cents; Part III, Musical compositions, $1; Part IV, Prints, including chromos and lithographs; photographs, and the descriptions of original works of art--paintings, drawings, and sculpture, 50 cents. The subscriptions are by express provisions of the copyright act required to be paid to the Superintendent of Documents (Office of the Public Printer, Washington, D. C.), and all subscriptions must be for the complete year for each part. The price for the entire Catalogue for the year is $3. Part I of the Catalogue is published in two volumes, Catalogue
printed in 1909 “Group I" containing mainly the titles of all books of the year for which title cards are printed and sold to libraries, and "Group II," containing the titles of deposited pamphlets, leaflets, and contributions to periodicals, as well as preliminary reports of court decisions, local directories, herdbooks, etc. Group I is issued in weekly parts and reprints
in full the title cards prepared by the Catalogue Division of the Library of Congress, with complete bibliographical notes. Volume 6, for 1909, contains-1,392 pages of text, and a complete index of authors, copyright proprietors, and titles of anonymous books, 180 pages.
Volume 6 of Group II, for 1909, contains 832 pages of text and an index of authors, copyright proprietors, and titles, 216 pages additional. Of Part II, Periodicals, volume 4 for 1909, contains 588 pages, and an index of titles and copyright proprietors, 48 pages. Of Part III, Musical and dramatico-musical compositions, volume 4 for 1909, contained 1,117 pages of text and a complete index of composers and copyright proprietors, 379 pages. Of Part IV, Works of art and pictorial illustrations, etc., volume 4 for
1909, contained 513 pages of text and 37 pages of index. Retail price of To meet a frequently expressed desire on the part of users publications
of the Catalogue, the attempt has been made to obtain for publication the retail price of each book claiming copyright. A statement of the selling price of the book is required in the application form, and publishers generally have responded by supplying the prices which have been printed in the
Catalogue. Prompt delivery With a view to supply librarians and other users of the of copyright books
Catalogue with early information of all copyrighted books, special efforts have been made to forward promptly to the Catalogue Division for printed titles such books as have been deposited in the Copyright Office. In the case of a certain number of these, it has been found necessary to hold the copies pending correspondence with the depositors. From November 8, 1909, to June 30, 1910, inclusive, these delayed books numbered 1,338; but the remaining 6,916 books received were forwarded to the Library on the day of their
receipt in the Copyright Office. New, issue of During the fiscal year a new issue of the copyright law copyright law
was printed as follows:
The copyright law of the United States of America, in force July 1, 1909. Replacing the Revised Statutes of the United States, Title 60, chapter 3 (1873), and subsequent amendatory acts. Together with Rules for Practice and Procedure, under section 25, by the Supreme Court of the
United States. 6th impression, May 9, 1910. 43 pp.
8o. (Bulletin No. 14)
The new general copyright proclamation, signed by the President on April 9, 1910, was also printed and distributed.
The new copyright law went into effect on July 1, 1909, of Copyright Office superseding the previous copyright statutes, and the changes instituted by the new legislation were of such a character as to render necessary the preparation of new record books and an entirely new set of administrative and explanatory
and certificates circulars, as well as new application and certificate forms, and report cards for work done, etc. More than 150 new circulars and administrative blanks were printed during the year in editions varying from one thousand to five thousand copies.
Section 25 of the copyright act of March 4, 1909, authorized anRules of practice the Supreme Court to prescribe rules and regulations for der the copyright practice and procedure in the case of infringement of copyright. Such “Rules for Practice and Procedure” were adopted and promulgated by the Supreme Court of the United States, June 1, 1909, and were printed by the Copyright Office as Circular No. 20.
Summary of copyright business
receipts, etc. Balance on hand July 1, 1909..
$2, 275. 45 Gross receipts July 1, 1909, to June 30, 1910.. 113, 662. 83
SUMMARY OF COPYRIGHT BUSINESS
Total fees earned and paid into the Treasury during the
thirteen fiscal years from July 1, 1897, to June 30, 1910.. 963, 067. 70 Total unfinished business for the thirteen years.
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