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Bond of Librarian of Congress.
Annual report to Congress of copy
Author, etc., and
SEC. 4950. [--------'] The Appropriation Act approved February 19, 1897, provides: “The Librarian of Congress shall on and after July first, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven, give bond, payable to the United States, in the sum of twenty 5 thousand dollars, with sureties approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, for the faithful discharge of his duties according to law.” za
SEC. 4951. The Librarian of Congress shall make right publications. an annual report to Congress of the number and 10
description of copyright publications for which entries have been made during the year.
SEC. 4952. [-------- *] The author, inventor, have sole liberty of designer, or proprietor of any book, map, chart, printing and vend- dramatic or musical composition, engraving, cut, 15
print, or photograph or negative thereof, or of a
resenting it, or causing it to be performed or rep
shall resented by others; and authors or their assigns right to dramatize shall have exclusive right to dramatize and translate
any of their works for which copyright shall have been obtained under the laws of the United States. 30
[-.-.-...] Book first pub- “Whenever the author or proprietor of a book
in a foreign language, which shall be published in a foreign country before the day of publication
Authors have exclusive
24 Statutes at Large, vol. 29, p. 645.
3 Section 4950, replaced by the above paragraph from the Appropriation Act of February 19, 1897, reads as follows: “The Librarian of Congress shall give a bond, with sureties, to the Treasurer of the United States, in the sum of five thousand dollars, with the condition that he will render to the proper officers of the Treasury a true account of all moneys received by virtue of his office.”
* The words of the original law omitted are: “Any citizen of the United States or resident therein, who shall be."
5 The words in italics are substituted for “And authors may reserve the right to dramatize or to translate their own works,” by the Act of March 3, 1891 (51st Congress, 2d session, chap. 565.)
copy within thirty
copyright for foreign
in this country, or his executors, administrators, Deposit of one or assigns, shall deposit one complete copy of the days. same, including all maps and other illustrations,
in the Library of Congress, Washington, District 5 of Columbia, within thirty days after the first pub
lication of such book in a foreign country, and shall insert in such copy, and in all copies of such book sold or distributed in the United States, on
the title page or the page immediately following, a 10 notice of the reservation of copyright in the name
of the proprietor, together with the true date of first
nineteen hundred and
dred and five, by ,' and shall, within tuelve months after the first publication of such book in a foreign country, file the title of such book and de
posit two copies of it in the original language or, 20 at his option, of a translation of it in the English
language, printed from type set within the limits of the United States, or from plates made therefrom, containing a notice of copyright, as provided
by the copyright laws now in force, he and they 25 shall have during the term of twenty-eight years
from the date of recording the title of the book or of the English translation of it, as provided for above, the sole liberty of printing, reprinting, pub
lishing, vending, translating, and dramatizing the 30 said book: Provided, That this act shall only apply who may secure ress
to a citizen or subject of a foreign State or nation ervation.
copyright on substantially the same basis as to its
engraving, ing," "cut" and "print" shall be applied only to out"
print." pictorial illustrations or works connected with the
5. The text of Section 4952, given above, is that of the amendatory act of March 3, 1905. (58th Congress, 1st session, chap. 1432: 33 Statutes at Large, part I, pp. 1000–1001.) The new text is in italics, beginning with the word “Whenever," page 6, line 32.
fine arts, and no prints or labels designed to be used for any other articles of manufacture shall be entered under the copyright law, but may be regis
tered in the Patent Office. And the Commissioner Labels. 5 of Patents is hereby charged with the supervision
and control of the entry or registry of such prints or labels, in conformity with the regulations provided by law as to copyright of prints, except that
there shall be paid for recording the title of any 10 print or label not a trade-mark, six dollars, which
shall cover the expense of furnishing a copy of the record under the seal of the Commissioner of Patents, to the party entering the same. [--------] SEC. 4953. Copyrights shall be granted for the
Copyright terid 15 term of twenty-eight years from the time of record
ing the title thereof, in the manner hereinafter directed.
SEC. 4954. The author, inventor, or designer, if Renewal for sec he be still living, [------..'], or his widow or chil-qudrs, term 20 dren, if he be dead, shall have the same exclusive
right continued for the further term of fourteen years, upon recording the title of the work or description of the article so secured a second time,
and complying with all other regulations in regard 25 to original copyrights, within six months before the expiration of the first term.
And such person shall, within two months from the date of said renewal, cause a copy of the record thereof to be
published in one or more newspapers, printed in 30 the United States, for the space of four weeks. SEC. 4955. Copyrights shall be assignable in law, Assignment
copyrights. by any instrument of writing, and such assignment shall be recorded in the office of the Libra
rian of Congress within sixty days after its execu35 tion; in default of which it shall be void as against
any subsequent purchaser or mortgagee for a valuable consideration, without notice.
SEC. 4956. No person shall be entitled to a copy- Deposit of title right unless he shall, on or before the day of
6 This paragraph is section 3 of the Act approved June 18, 1874. (43d Congress, 1st session, chap. 301: 18 Statutes at Large, part III., pp. 78–79.)
7 The words omitted are: “and a citizen of the United States or resident cherein."
publication in this or any foreign country, deliver
uary, or a model or design for a work of the fine Deposit of
arts for which he desires a copyright, nor unless 10
a work of the fine arts, a photograph of same: Printed from Provided, That in the case of a book, photograph,
chromo, or lithograph, the two copies of the same
the limits of the United States, or from transfers Prohibition of made therefrom. During the existence of such copy
right the importation into the United States of any 30
United States, shall be, and it is hereby, prohibited, prohibition of into except in the cases specified in paragraphs 512 to
516, inclusive, in section two of the act entitled “An act to reduce the revenue and equalize the duties on imports, and for other purposes," approved October
type set within the United States.
Ta See, however, provisions of act of March 3, 1905, page 6a.