Public Performance Bill, Washington D.C. (1896)

Source: National Archives: S.2306, 54th Cong., 1st sess. (February 27, 1896).

Public Performance Bill, Washington D.C. (1896), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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A bill to amend title 60, chapter 3 of the Revised Statutes relating to copyrights

Full title original language:

A Senate Bill for extending public performance rights to 'operatic compositions.'

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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: 1896

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: National Archives: S.2306, 54th Cong., 1st sess. (February 27, 1896).

Persons referred to:
Hill, David Bennett

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U.S. Congress
U.S. Senate


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