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Wednesday, 5 October 1927

Senator ANDREW (VICTORIA) asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate, upon notice -

1.   Is it the intention of the Government to take action to protect proprietors, such as municipalities and other parties, against the demands of the Australasian Pei forming Rights Association when their halls have been let for public concerts, dances, and other performances ?

2.   If so, when?

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW.The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. This matter has been receiving the attention of the Commonwealth Government. The Attorney-General has written many letters explaining the legal position, which is briefly as follows: - "No owner of a hall incurs any liability under the law of copyright merely because he is the owner of a hall in which a copyright piece of music has been performed. He would bc liable only if he authorized the performance of copyright music without the consent of the owner, i.e., if he arranged or controlled the programme ; or if he, for his private profit, permitted the hall to be used for the performance of a particularpiece of music without the consent ot the owner of the copyright. The ordinary letting of a hall for a concert or dance, without any knowledge, supervision or control of the programme, does not involve the owner in any liability. Of course, in all cases, the actual performer of a piece of music is liable for infringement of copyright committed by him."

An international conference for the reconstitution and revision of the International Copyright Convention will be held at Rome early next year. It is expected that the Commonwealth will be represented at the conference by

Sir HarrisonMoore. The question of performing rights will be open for discussion at the conference, and, when its report is available, the question of amending the Copyright Act will receive consideration.

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