Excerpt from Amendment of Copyright Laws: Hearing Before the Committee on Patents The committee this day met, Hon. Martin A. Morrison (chairman) presiding. The Chairman. You may proceed with your statement, Mr. Putnam. Statement Of Mr. George Haven Putnam, New York, N. Y. Mr. Putnam. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I am here on behalf of the book and periodical publishers of the United States and of their clients, the authors, to ask you to prevent the enactment of House bill No. 3035. The bill proposes an amendment to the existing copyright statute as follows: Upon the expiration of the copyright of a book, or the renewal thereof, should the same be renewed, there shall exist superior rights of any nature whatsoever in the publisher or former proprietor thereof to the matter which has been the subject of copyright or to the name or title thereof, but both the matter which has been the subject of copyright and its name or title shall fall into the public domain and thereafter be forever free to the unrestricted use of the public. I submit as the first objection to the proposed amendment that it is t germane to the copyright law. If there were any ground for such a measure as is proposed, the measure should find place in some law other than that which has to do with the control of copyrighted property. The copyright statute is concerned only with the protection of material which is in itself copyrightable, and this concern or control is limited to a specific term of years. Such material, in advance of the beginning of the copyright term and after this term has expired, is subject t to the provisions of the copyright statute but to the precedents established under the common law. The amendment starts with the assumption that it is dealing with material, a book for instance, after the expiration of the term of copyright. I contend that such book or other article can t after the expiration of the copyright term be affected by the provisions of a law which has to do with the subject only during the continuation of such term. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.