H.R. 6835 (Cummings Bill), Washington D.C. (1894)

Source: National Archives, College Park, MD facility: Cummings Bill, H.R. 6835, 53rd Cong., 2d sess. (April 24, 1894).

H.R. 6835 (Cummings Bill), Washington D.C. (1894), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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the United States relating to copyrights.

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A Bill for extending to 'operatic compositions' the same protection as for dramatic works, including public performance rights. The Bill also included stiffer penalties for infringement of the copyright in such works.

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  • Sanjek, Russell. American Popular Music and Its Business: The First Four Hundred Years. Vol. 2. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

  • Rosen, Zvi. 'The Twilight of the Opera Pirates: A Prehistory of the Exclusive Right of Public Performance for Musical Compositions.' 24 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 1157 (2007).

  • Carroll, Michael. 'The Struggle for Music Copyright.' 57 Fla. L. Rev. 907 (2005).

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Year: 1894

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: National Archives, College Park, MD facility: Cummings Bill, H.R. 6835, 53rd Cong., 2d sess. (April 24, 1894).

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dramatic works, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter
public performance

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