Debate in Congress, Washington D.C. (1896)

Source: Cummings Bill, H.R. 6835, 54th Cong, 2d sess., Congressional Record 29 (December 10, 1896).

Debate in Congress, Washington D.C. (1896), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Debate in Congress over Dramatic and Musical Copyright

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Debate in Congress over Senate Bill S. 2306 for copyright protection for dramatic and musical 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).

Related documents in this database:
1894: Report on H.R. 6835
1896: Public Performance Bill
1896: Report on S. 2306

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1896

Location: Washington D.C.

Language: English

Source: Cummings Bill, H.R. 6835, 54th Cong, 2d sess., Congressional Record 29 (December 10, 1896).

Persons referred to:
Abbey, Henry E.
Aldrich, Louis
Barnard, Charles
Barrett, Wilson
Belasco, David
Braham, John Joseph
Canary, Thomas
Cayvan, Georgia
Claxton, Kate
Connolly, James Austin
Cox, Nicholas Nichols
Craigen, Maida
Crane, William Henry
Cummings, Amos Jay
De Koven, Henry Louis Reginald
Dixey, Henry E.
Draper, William Franklin
Drew, John, Jr.
Faversham, William
Frohman, Charles
Frohman, Daniel
Gottschalk, Ferdinand
Herne, James Ahern
Hilliard, Robert C.
Hopkins, Albert Jarvis
Howard, Bronson
Hoyt, Charles Hale
Hulick, George Washington
Jansen, Maria
Keith, Benjamin Franklin
Lacey, John Fletcher
Lederer, George
Mayo, Frank
Modjeska, Helena
Nye, Edgar Wilson
O'Neill, James
Palmer, Albert Marshall
Quigg, Lemuel Ely
Rankin, McKee
Ray, George Washington
Robson, Stuart
Sousa, John Philip
Sulloway, Cyrus Adams
Tiffany, Annie Ward

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Jersey City
New Orleans
New York
San Francisco

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Institutions referred to:
U.S. Congress


defences and exemptions
dramatic works, protected subject matter
fair use
music, protected subject matter
property analogies
property theory
public performance

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