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Monday, 18 December 1905

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - I cannot accept the amendment. It is true that in some, parts of the world, the term of artistic copy-- right is only fourteen years; but I see no reason why an artist or a sculptor should not have the same protection conferred upon his inventive or artistic powers that is accorded the writer of a book. In the United Kingdom the term of artistic copyright is during the life of the author and seven years, which is practically an alternative to the period of forty-two years. In Canada, it is twenty-eight years., with conditional extension for fourteen years; and in Queensland, it is during the life of the author and seven years. In the circumstances, I think it is only fair that adequate protection should be given as proposed.

Amendment negatived.

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