May 25, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)



When we come to the
clauses in question, I shall have something to say in answer to the hon. member. I think, however, he might ask himself, when he suggests that the Bill should pass without these three clauses, whether we can pass the Bill .without them, because there are people who take the other view. In the committee we heard both sides, and it is to be conceded that this is a compromise provision that does not recognize the extreme right of the author. On the other hand, it limits him to this extent only, that if he does not think proper to print in Canada somebody in Canada may be authorized to do so on terms absolutely fair to the author, in the way of remuneration and in every other respect. It is true that it has the effect of saying that to this extent his property may be made use of by another person, but after all, we hold all our property subject to restrictions in the public interest. Here this Parliament, and the people of Canada, through this Parliament, are extending protection to the right of the author.

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