THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS COPYRIGHT OFFICE

FORTY-FIFTH -ANNUAL REPORT
OF THE

REGISTER OF COPYRIGHTS:
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR
ENDING JUNE 30
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UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING o m c E

WASHINGTON

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CONTENTS
Regiatrationa and Receipts----- -- --- - - -- -- -- - ------ -Copyright D e w i t a - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Expenditura-, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --- - - Acoounts,---..----------------------------------------------------

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Correspondenoe--------------------------------------------------Personnel------..-.-----------.-..----------------------------------Copyright Office Index----,---------------------------------------Large Works o Sculpture 8s Copyright Deposits...................... f Copyright Bills and ~ o l u t i o n e Coin ,,--,--------------------Trading with the Enemy Act-- ---------------- .- -------------------International Copyright-..- -- -- - - - - - -- ----- -- -- -- -- -- ---

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B. Fees--.------------------------------------------------------C. Yeariy comparison- - - , - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ---D. Registrations----- -- - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - E. M i a h de~porited -,-, --,- -- -- ---- - - --- ------ - ---------- -- , -, --n r

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REPORT OF

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OF 00PYMGETS

FEDB FOB FISCAL YEAR

Registrationn for prints and labela- , , , , $7,162 at $6 - , , - , - $42,972 00 -, ---- 116,880 at $2 231,760.00 Registrations for published worka, ,-, , Regiatratiom for published photographs without certificates,,-,,,-,-------------,-----: 917 at $1 917.00 , , , - , 46,786.00 Registrations for unpublished workm, , , , -46,786 at $1 Registrationa for renewals of prints and labels--27 at $6 162 00 Registrationn for renewals, a l other chmes,-,-, l 11,461 at $1 11,461.00

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Total number of registrations -----,----------182,232 . . Fees for regmtrahons,-,--_-----$334,057.00 Fees for recording 3,474 essignments-- ---, - - $11,924 00 -- - Fees for indexing 13,991 transfers of proprietorship, 1,399. 10 Fees for 1,327 certified docurnenta 1,327.00 414 00 Fees for 414 notices of user recorded-,,---,-,----Fees for sesrches made at $1 per hour of time oonaumed--,,-,---,,,--,-,-----~-,-----~-,-, 2,087.00 17,101.10
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Total feea earned, fiscal year 1942--,-,-----------------$351,168 10

The annual applied fees since July 1, 1897 are shown in Exhibit C, a t the end of this report. This table shows that the fees have increaeed over six-fold in the forty-five years. The total registrations of 6,076,497, and the total fees applied of $7,595,237.70, are indeed impressive figures.

Copyright Deposits
The total numbqr of separate articles deposited in compliance with the copyright law which were registered during the fiscal year is 286,436. The number of these articles in each clsss for the last five fiscal years is shown in Exhibit E. During the present fiscal year 2,980 works were received in responee to requests addressed to delinquen't copyright owners, and in addition thereto forty-four additional works were received within the demand period where official demands were made, making a total of 3,024. However, as observed in the Registar's Annual Report for 1941, there is good reason to believe that this number, encouraging ss it may appear, representa no more than a fraction of the cases occurring d over the United States in which works are published with copyl right notice, of which neither the Library nor the Register of Copyrights can possibly have a complete knowledge and in connection with which the copyright owner makes no attempt whatsoever to meet the requirements of Section 12 of the Copyright Act. During the fiscal year a total of 174,355 current articles deposited have been transferred to the Libreqy of Congress. Thia number

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included 55,740 books, 94,646 periodical numbers, 20,302 pieces of music, 2,485 maps, and 1,173 photographs and engra*. Under authority of Section 59 of the Act of March 4, 1909, 1,863 books were transferred during the fiscal year to o&& g o v m e n t a I libraries in the District' of Columbia. Under this transfer, up fo June 30,1942 the following libraries have since 1909 received the t t l oa number of books indicated below: Department of Agriculture, 4,618; Department of Commerce, 23r 076; Navy Department, 1,879; Treasury Department, 1,496; Bureau of Education, 22,837; Federal Trade Commission, 31,979; Bureau of Standards, 2,094; Army Medical Library, 10,078; Walter Reed Hospital, 2,884; Engineer School, Corps of Engineers, 3,202; Soldiere' Home, 1,600; Public Library for the District of Columbia, 64,090. A number of other libraries have received a smaller number of books. In all, 192,883 volumes have been thus distributed during the last thirty-three years. The Copyright Act authorizes the return to copyright claimants d such deposits as are not needed by the Library of Cong~eza the or Copyright O f c . Under such authority, 4,094 motion picture films fiewere returned during the fiscal year. Howeyer, on M a y 26, 2942 a new policy was adopted with respect to the retention of motion picture films. Under thia arrangement both copies of the- mot* picture rolls submitted for copyright deposit will be returned to the copyright claimant subject, however, to delivery to the Lib~ary upon request of one copy of such copyright films as the Library may select, after screening, for transfez to its permanent collections,

The total obligation for salaries in t h e Copyright Olc during tAe fie y e p was $279,783.04. Expenditures for stationery, postage, and transportation amounted to $2,282.68. The d otment for printing the Catalog of Copyright E t i s waa placed a t $45,000 although it ie nre not known how much of this appropriation will a c t u d y be required in view of the substitution during the course of the year of photo4sef reproduction for printing. An additional allocation for "Printing and Binding, General" of $10,834.40 bringe total expenditures or allotments to $337,000.12. It is to be noted, therefore, that the earnings of the Copyright Ofc oxceeded its expenditures by a t 1-4 fie $13,258.08. The final ~enderingof bills from the P u b h Printer will probably increase the amount somewhat.

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Accounts
On July 6, 1942, the books of the Copyright Office were balanced for June, the accounts for the fiscal year were closed, and the financial statements completed for the Treasury Department, showing that all earned fees to June 30 had been paid into the Treasury.

The business of the Copyright Office, as measured by the volume of correspondence, registered a slight increase during the yesr in number of i t e m received and an approximately equal decrease in number of items dispatched. The total of incoming letters and parcels mas 253,424 as ampared with 249,564 the preceding year, and the number d i s p a t W 274,891 as compared to 282,507 the preceding year.

Personnel
On September 30, 1941, Mr. Herbert A. Howell retired from the position of Assistant Register of Copyrights, having earved in the Copyright Office since April 1, 1909 and as Assistant Registerr since December 16, 1937. Mr. Howell was a graduate of the University of Toronto and of Cornell Univerity Law School and had also considerable experience in- the practice of law before entering the services of the Copyright Office. These qualifications,-added to his long service in the Office, made him especially valuable in dealing with complex legal problems. His work was always thorough and conscientious. The first result of his leisure has been a book on copyright law which has already met with the approval of that section of the Bar which specializes' in copyright practice. Mr. Howell was succeeded in the position of Assistant Register of Copyrights on October 1, 1941, by Mr. W. Harvey Wise, Jr., who had served in a series of positions of steadily increasing responsibility in the Copyright Office since August 1925. Mr. Wise's appointment as Assistant Register thus continued the tradition of promotion from within the ranks which has prevailed in the Copyright Office. His period of service as Assistant Register, though outstanding, was short, as he left on July 1, 1942 to enter the Navy as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade. The vacancy thus created was filled by the recall to the service of Mr. Richard C. DeWolf, who had resigned a year earlier. The employee turnover in the Copyright Office during the &cal year h a been exceptionally large. Sixty-eight employees, nearly

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45 percent of the total st& of the ~ffitioe,have resigned during the past year. Of these, nineteen have entered the armed services of the United States. Many of the other separations were, of course, due to the national emergency which has resulted in a demand for the services of our employees in other agencies of the Federal Government.

Copyright O @

Index

The Copyright Office made and fled approximately 559,950 index cards covering all registered material, all mail received, and all assignments recorded during the year. I n addition to its regular routine work, the Mails, Files, and Index Section has accomplished considerable work on the consolidation of the indexes prior to 1937. Two complete indexes have been consolidated and the index of claimants for "Books" covering the y e w 1897 to 1937 is approxif mately one-half finished. The effect of the progress o this undertaking in facilitating the movement of correspondence and searches through the Copyright Office is gratifying.

Large Works of Sculpture as Copyright Deposits
I t has recently become clear that an amendment to Section I1 of the Copyright Act is desirable to permit the registration of large and expensive works of sculpture where such works are later mproduced in copies for sale without the deposit of the two copies now required. A bill for the general revision of the Copyright Act, which passed the House of Representatives in 1981 would have authorized the elimination of the deposit provision in the case of any work unsuitable for permanent retention in the Copyright Office or the Library of Congress "by reason of its character, bulk or fragility or because of its dangerous ingrediente." An amendment to accomplish this purpose is deemed desirable in view of the fact Wt the unreasonable requirement for the deposit of two 'copies of an expensive work 5 sculpture has ih fact deprived f sculptors in many cases of copyright protection in their works.

Copyright BUS and Resolutions in Congress

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I n my last year's report (p. 396), attention was called to the bill H. R. 4826, "A Bill to amend section 8 of the Copyright Act of Masch 4, 1909, as amended, so as to preserve the rights of authors during the emergency, and for other purposes," which had been passed by

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the House of Representatives on June 2, 1941. On June 3 it was referred to the Senate Committee on Patents; reported out from the Com&ttee, without amendments, July 22, 1941 (Report No. 571); and passed by the Senate on September 17,1941 (Public No. 258,77th Cong., 1st Sess., approved September 25, 1941). The purpose of the Act is to prevent authors or copyright.proprietons, whether citizena of the United States or nationals of other couptries, from losing the opportunity to acquire or preserve protection in their literary works as the result of the disruption of communications due to the present crisis. This relief,'under the act, is to be extended only on a baais of reciprocity. The arrangement for reciprocal protection has not yet been effected by the necessary proclamation or Esocutive Order. The following bills, among others, were introduced during the fiscal year : H. R. 646.4. "A Bill authorizing the Commissioner of Patents to extend the time for the payment of any fee or for the taking of any action with respect to an application for patent, and for other purposes." Int~oduced by Mr. Coffee of Washington (by request) Janualy 23, 1942, and referred to the Committee on Patents. 77th Congress, 2d Session. . Section 13 of this Bill provides for the extension of time for paying any fee or taking any action with respect to a copyright on showing that failure to pay'such fee or take such action occurred, or the dday in so doing was unavoidably aggravated on account of conditions arising in the present war. However, the purpose of this provision is met by Public No. 258, approved Septerpber 25, 1941, above. H. R. 7 1 . "A Bill to codify and enact into absolute law title 17 . of the United States Code, entitled 'Copyright.' " Introduced by Mr. Keogh, May 25, 1942, and referred to the Committee on Revision of the Laws. 77th Congress, 2d Session, H. R. 7 1 7 . "A Bill to amend the Act entitled 'An Act to amend and consolidate the Acts respecting copyright,' approved March 4, 1909, as amended." Introduced by Mr. Sacks (by request) ~ u i e 1, 1942, and referred to the Committee on Patents. 77th Congress, 2d Session.
TRADING WITH THE ENEMY ACT

Following the declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941, Germany and Italy on December 11, 1941, Rumania on December 12, 1941, and Bulgaria and Hungary on December 13, 1941, Congress enacted the "First War Powers Act, 1941" (Public No. 354, approved

December 18, 1941, 77th Congress, 1st Session), confirming, ratifying, and amending The Trading with the Enemy Act of October 6, 1917 (40 Stat. 411) as amended. Section 10 of The Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917, pertaining to copyrights, is still in force and effect.
INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT

No new copyright proclamatibns establishing mutud protection with foreign countries have been issued within the year covered by this report. Respectfully submitted. C. L. Bouv$,

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STATISTICAL SUMMARY
A. B. C. D.

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0 Receipts- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I------..-------Fees - - - , - - - - , - - , - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 Yearly c o m ~ r i s o n - - , , - - - - - - - - , - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 Registrations-------------------------------------------------18 Articles d e p o s i t e d - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ~ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 8

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Statistid Summary
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Statement of Gross Receipts, Rejunds, Na Receipts, and Fees Applied for Fiscal Year Ending June 30,1942
Month

Refunds

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Net r e d p t s . F m ~pplled

1W July..---....--....----------------------------- a m 6 0 $31,413284 1 $29,904.11 A W t---...-.-...------------------: - - - - 53,045.84 '&001.40 2,046.84 26,001.00 Septemk ...........----------------------- 7 81.026.06 1 27,W6.70
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REPORT OF TEE REQIBTm OF mPYRaOHP6
EXHIBIT B .

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FtEPORT OF THE REG18TE4l OF m Y K F 0 PR ( T B

Statement of Gross Cash Receipts, Yearly Fees, Number of Registrations, etc., for 45 Fiscal Years

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Number of Registrations Made During the Last Five

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SubJect matter of copyright

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Printed in the United States: 11,612 Boob proper .-.---...------------ 11,078 11,625 12735 10,Sn Pamphlets, ledeta, etc ......-- Sa,6a) 81,187 84,087 88,061 82,708 Contributions to newspapers and periodla& -.-..---.------------- 18,916 4 110 8,105 5,W 9W . , ' 7 Total .-...-.-..---------------60,688 49,116 40,787 525B 64688 (b) Printed abroad In a foreign language., 651 2& M 1 4,088 8,1348 (e) Ewllah boob rqistered lor ad OaB 1,123 interim c o p ~ t .--..-...-.------ 666 509 117 .7

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of Artides Deposited During the Last Five

Fisd Yazn
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Printed In the Unlted 0 Books proper Pamphlets, leatlete, eta Contributions b newspepem and periodlcalm TOW

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22,sda 65,416

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