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The first thing I want to do, by request, this morning is to present to you a statement left with me for that purpose by Mr. M. Llewllyn Raney, the chairman of the copyright committee of the American Library Association and the librarian of the Johns Hopkins University. It is very brief and I will read it. It is dated April 6, 1926, and reads as follows:
The American Library Association is not yet directly concerned with radio legislation, but as its members are large users of the products of authorship it can not remain unmoved when the rights of authors, so hard to win, are imperiled.
Copyright means what it says, i. e., the exclusive right to multiply copies. It is the author's constitutional right. If he alone has the privilege for a term to publish, he can charge what he likes, whether by himself or in company with others. If he abuses this privilege by exorbitant prices, then the purchasers should either let his work alone or so starve him to terms, or organize for effective bargaining with him and his associates. There is no more reasonw hy Congress should interfere in this economic adjustment than fix prices in any other direction. Paternalistic and sumptuary legislation is their business.
At the outset I would like to do what we have always done before in hearings, and that is introduce the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and in the introduction to offer for the record a list of its members, its officers, and its directors, together with its complete personnel. I might say in introducting it, that the membership has shown constant growth during the entire history of the society, since the year of its organization in 1914, and that in that history it has had but two resignations. That should in a word answer the accusations that we induce our members to continue their membership by subjecting them to some sort of internal pressure, making it unwise for them to resign.
The list of membership referred to is as follows:
Abrahams, Maurice (Inc.).
Ager, Yellen Bornstein (Inc.).
COMPOSERS AND AUTHORS
Maurice Abrahams. Milton Ager. Fred E. Ahlert. Harry Akst. Frank H. Anderson. Lily Strickland Anderson. Harry Archer. Gus Arnheim. Harold Atteridge. Leopold Auer. Gene Austin. William Axt. Frederick Ayres. Abel Baer. Katharine Bainbridge. Ernest R. Ball. Maurice Baron. Ted Barron. Philip H. Batholomae. Marshall Bartholomew. Billy Baskette. Karolyn Wells Bassett. Charles A. Bayha. Mrs. H. H. A. Beach. George J. Bennett. David Berg. Irenee Berge. Arthur Bergh. Irving Berlin. Irving Bibo. Ben Black. Eubie Blake. Walter Blaufuss. Marty Bloom. Carrie Jacobs Bond. Josef Barissoff. George Botsford. Frederick V. Bowers. Robert Hood Bowers. John W. Bratton. Lew Breau. James A. Brennan. J. Keirn Brennan. Ernest Breuer. Ethel Bridges. George H. Broadhurst. James Brockman. Bertrand Brown. Lew Brown. Lewis J. Browne. Alfred Bryan. Simon Bucharoff. Gene Buck. Joseph A. Burke. Harry T. Burleigh. Annelu Burns. R. H. Burnside. Earl Burtnett. A. Buzzi-Peccia. James A. Byrnes. Jack J. Caddigan. Charles Wakefield Cadman. Irving Cæsar. Sidney C. Caine. J. Will Callahan.
Sam Ehrlich. Mischa Elman. Granville English. Ernie Erdman. Sammy Fain. Roland Farley. G. H. Federlein. Buddy Fields. Ted Fiorito. Fred Fisher. Mark Fisher. William Arms Fisher. Leon Flatow. Neville Fleeson. Dorothy Forster. B. Sherman Fowler. Blanche Franklyn. Nahan Franko. Arthur Freed. Freer, Eleanor Everest. Hugo Frey. Martin Fried. Anatol Friedland. Cliff Friend. Rudolf Friml. Billy Frisch. Est. of Louis A. Hirsch. Samuel R. Gaines. William H. Gardner. Lloyd Fry Garrett. Clarence Gaskill. Byron Gay. Lewis E. Gensler. Alex Gerber George Gershwib. I. B. Greshwin. L. Wolfe Gilbert. Haven Gillespie. Marian E. Gillespie. James R. Gillette. Sol. Ginsberg. Jesse G. M. Glick. Jack Glogau. Leopold Godowsky. E. Ray Goetz. Joe Gold. John L. Golden. Edwin Franko Goldman. Alfred Goodman. Frank Goodman. Joe Goodwin. Sam Goold. Jay Gorney. Archie Gottler. Percy Aldridge Grainger. Bert Grant. Charles N. Grant. Bud Green. Schuyler Greene. Jesse Greer. Clifford Grey. Frank H. Grey. Edmund Grinnell. Ferdie Grofe. Bernie Grossman. Jacques Grunberg. Albert Gumble.
Milton E. Schwartzwald.
Next I want to introduce for the record the form of agreement between the society and its members under which it secures the right to do police duty for them, to protect their rights against infringers, all and sundry.
(The agreement above referred to is follows:)
Agreement made between the undersigned (for brevity called " owner'') and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (for brevity called "society') in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants hereinafter contained, as follows:
The owner sells, assigns, transfers, and sets over unto the society for the term hereof the entire exclusive right of public performance (as hereinafter defined) in each musical work:
Of which the owner is a copyright proprietor; or
Which the owner, alone, jointly, or in collaboration with others, wrote, composed, published, acquired, or owns; or