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Wednesday, 23 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the' Executive Council) . - A phase of the question that does not appear to have struck Senator Keating is this : A copyright Bill is a technical business from beginning to end, and looselydrafted amendments are likely to cause a great deal of trouble in the future to those who have to do with copyright. Suppose this amendment were carried, and the owner of a copyright in Canada assigned it to a person in New Zealand. Suppose that the work - it might be a book - was no infringement of the copyright law of New Zealand, and only circulated in that country under an assignment by the original owner. If this amendment were carried, the person in New Zealand could send copies into Australia, where he should have no right to send them.We do not want any business of that description to eventuate in the Commonwealth. I may also point out that, under the British Copyright Act, with respect to works published in countries outside the Copyright Union, the very same words exist as are adopted in this clause. I hope that honorable senators will not accept the amendment.

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