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PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, AND COPYRIGHTS
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
JAMES O. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman
JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas
EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts
QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota JOSEPH D. TYDINGS, Maryland
GEORGE A. SMATHERS, Florida
EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Illinois
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, AND COPYRIGHTS
JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas, Chairman
PHILIP A. HART, Michigan
QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii
THOMAS C. BRENNAN, Chief Counsel
L. Quincy Mumford, Librarian of Congress-
Abraham L. Kaminstein, Register of Copyrights, accompanied by
Barbara Ringer, Assistant Register..
James E. Toomey, chairman of the American Bar Association Section
on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright Law, accompanied by
Sidney A. Diamond, chairman, Copyright Division of the Patent,
Harold E. Wigren and Harry N. Rosenfield, Ad Hoc Committee (of
educational institutions and organizations) on Copyright Law
Revision, accompanied by Dr. Charles Gosnell, chairman, Com-
mittee of Copyright Issues, American Library Association; Eugene
N. Aleinikoff, Joint National Educational Television-Educational
Stations Music and Copyright Committee; Dean Fred Siebert,
School of Communications, Michigan University; Dr. T. M.,
Stinnett, assistant executive secretary for professional development
and welfare, National Education Association_
Eugene N. Aleinikoff, Joint National Educational Television, Edu-
cational Television Stations Music and Copyright Committee__
John Schulman, chairman for revision of copyright law, American Bar
Mark Carroll, chairman, Copyright Committee, Association of
Leonard Feist, chairman, Legislative Committee, Music Publishers
Dr. Charles F. Gosnell, chairman, Committee on Copyright Issues of
Dr. T. M. Stinnett, National Education Association__
Dean Fred S. Siebert, American Council on Education_
COPYRIGHT LAW REVISION
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1965
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PATENTS, TRADEMARKS, AND COPYRIGHTS,
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.
The 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.