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

UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. DOHERTY:

I understand the difficulty of authors absolutely suppressing all copies; but if an author determines that he does not wish his views to be given further publicity, under subsection 12 he is entitled to stop the licensee from printing any further copies. The clause does allow the licensee the right to sell such copies as he has already printed and published, subject, however, to the author's right to buy from him all those copies, paying for them simply the cost of printing. We have, therefore, gone pretty far in protecting the author who desires to suppress his work. I quite appreciate, in fact I share in, the view of the hon. member, that the author ought to have the right, if he has revised his opinions for any reason, and does not want to continue being responsible for the dissemination of those opinions or doctrines, to suppress further publication of them.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   COPYRIGHT ACT AMENDMENT
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