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WILLIAM M. BUTLER, Massachusetts, Chairman
EDWIN 8. BROUSSARD, Louisiana.
C. C. DILL, Washington.
HENRIK SHIPSTEAD, Minnesota.
W. DON LUNDY, Clerk
ALBERT H. VESTAL, Indiana, Chairman
THOMAS S. M'MILLAN, South Carolina.
MARY E. NULLE, Clerk
TO AMEND THE COPYRIGHT ACT
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1926
COMMITTEES ON PATENTS OF THE
Washington, D. C. The committees met, pursuant to call, at 10 o'clock a. m., in room 412, Senate Office Building, Senator William M. Butler (presiding.)
Present: Senators Butler (chairman), Ernst, Smith, Broussard, Dill, and Shipstead; and Representatives Vestal, Perkins, Esterly, Goodwin, Bowles, Lanham, Bloom, and Underwood.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. This committee meeting is called for the purpose of having a hearing on two bills, one introduced by Senator Dill, S. 2328, which is entitled “A bill to amend section 1 of an act entitled 'An act to amend and consolidate the acts respecting copyright,' approved March 4, 1909, as amended, etc." And also another bill which I understand is identical, H. R. 10353, introduced by Representative Vestal.
We will proceed as ordinarily in the case with such hearings as this, and ask those who are in favor of these bills to introduce the subject which they desire to speak of.
But before proceeding in that way I would ask Senator Dill to address the committee in order to set forth the provisions of his bill and make such statements as he desires.
STATEMENT OF HON. C. C. DILL, A SENATOR FROM THE STATE
Senator Dill. Mr. Chairman, I have no special statement to make, other than I wanted to say a few words in explanation of the reasons for this bill. A year and a half or two years ago, at the last session of Congress, I introduced a bill, S. 2600, which dealt with the same subject matter, in an entirely different way. That bill proposed to free radio broadcasters from paying any charges on copyrighted music for its use over the radio, on the theory that the radio was not being run for profit. Conditions have widely changed in the radio world, and without going into any discussion of what those changes are in detail, it is sufficient to say that at that time practically no radio broadcasting station was selling time, or making very large profits; whatever profits they made were so intangible that it could not be computed. At the present time a large number of the radio stations are selling time for profit and undoubtedly copyrights on music and everything else that is used is subject to some charge. I introduced this bill because I wanted to bring to the attention of