Mr. E. R. E. CHEVRIER (Ottawa) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 28 to amend and make operative certain provisions of the Copyright Act, 1921.
He said: This bill contains a considerable
number of amendments to the Copyright Act, which was passed by the House last session. In view of the manner in which bills are now being printed, I think at this stage it will not be necessary for me to make any lengthy statement as the reasons for these amendments all appear on the notes opposite to the sections to which they refer. Briefly, this bill is introduced for the purpose, amongst other things, of defining certain very important terms that are used in the Copyright Act which are not defined at present. It is also introduced for the purpose of repealing what are known as the license clauses, 13, 14, IS and 27 of the present act, and which in the minds of the authors or the publishers constitute one of the most arbitrary discriminations against authors. The bill has also for its object the extending and making more operative certain sections of the act which refer to the protection which was intended to be given to the authors, but which is not extended because of the present state of the law. The fourth feature of the bill is to remove this matter from the jurisdiction of the Department of Trade and Commerce and place it under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice.
I may say this bill in no way affects any of the rights of the printers or those who are engaged in similar industries, but is simply for the purpose of extending the protection which the authors claim in the first place they were entitled to by virtue of this act.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.