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ROYALTY PAYABLE ON PHONOGRAPH RECORDS, ROLLS AND OTHER CONTRIVANCES
Mr. E. J. WERMENLINGER (Verdun) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 133 to amend the Copyright Act.
He said: The purpose of this bill is to repeal subsection 2 of section 19 of the Copyright Act, chapter 32, revised statutes of Canada, 1927, which reads thus:
The royalty as aforesaid shall be two cents for each playing surface of each such record and two cents for each such perforated roll or other contrivance.
And to substitute therefor the following:
The royalty as aforesaid shall be five per centum on the ordinary retail selling price of the record. Provided that the royalty payable in respect of a record shall be not less than one cent and not more than two cents for each playing surface and the royalty shall be two cents for each such perforated roll or other contrivance.
When the Copyright Act was passed in 1921 the popular price of phonograph records was ninety cents. Five per cent royalty on the retail price would have been 4J cents, but it was decided at the time to follow the custom of the United States and make a flat rate of two cents per playing surface. Since 1921, however, and especially during the last ten years, records of cheaper quality retailing at 39 cents have been manufactured having both educational and entertainment value. A royalty of four cents on such records would be too expensive to justify any longer their manufacture. This is merely to follow the English custom.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)
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