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Wednesday, 24 February 1932

Mr LATHAM - This matter has engaged the attention of successive Commonwealth governments ever since the beginning of wireless broadcasting and the use of gramophone records in connexion therewith. It is at present governed by a copyright act which is based largely upon international agreements. Action by us to limit the copyright of citizens of other countries would have to be taken most discreetly, because precipitate action might imperil recognition of corresponding Australian rights in other parts of the world. At present the matter is being dealt with by agreement between the interests concerned, and the Government will use all the influence and pressure that it can legitimately exercise \o secure acceptance by those interests of the principle that a reasonable payment for performing rights is proper and an unreasonable payment improper.

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