Robert Underwood Johnson, 1908

Robert Underwood Johnson:

I am not here to speak for the publishers, but for the American Copyright League…

The second point is the copyright by a corporation. There is no provision in this bill for a copyright by a corporation.

 

Half the copyrights of the country are held in that way, by corporations or by firms.

 

Why should not Messrs. Harper & Brothers, for instance, be entitled to the same terms for copyright of something which they buy from the author as the author himself? I think there can be possible objection to that…

 

The Chairman:

On the other hand, you are aware, are you not, that a great many men object to the granting of a copyright to a corporation, and claim that under this bill a corporation would have a right to over a hundred years.

 

Mr. Johnson. I should certainly object to that on any such grounds.

The Chairman. That is what many of the men here now, attorneys from New York and Baltimore particularly, say, that under the provisions of this bill a corporation would have a copyright for over a hundred years.

 

Mr. Johnson. I favor no such thing.

Rep. Currier. What do you favor for a corporation term?

Mr. Johnson. The same term as an author has.

Rep. Currier. Do you represent the authors or the publishers?

Mr. Johnson I represent the authors…

(62)

 

I am one of the associate editors of the Century Magazine. I approach this from the point of view of the authors. I hold no brief for the publishing end of my own business…

 

United States. Revision of Copyright Laws. Hearings Before the Committees on Patents of the Senate and House of Representatives on Pending Bills to Amend and Consolidate the Acts Respecting Copyright. March 26, 27, and 28, 1908. Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1908, p. 62.

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