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Monday, 18 December 1905

Mr SPENCE (Darling) - I disagree with the view taken of this clause by "the honorable member for Gwydir. To my mind, the matter treated by a lecturer stands in much the same relation to him as does a scene to an artist who photographs it.

Mr Reid - But the fact that a man has photographed a particular scene would not be sufficient to prohibit others from photographing it.

Mr SPENCE - Certainly not. It is not the scene, but the picture of it, that is copyrighted. A dozen men or more may copyright a picture of the same scene. In like manner, I think that a lecturer should be protected in respect of the address which he has prepared on any given subject. The clause does not contain any element of danger, and I am inclined to think that the argument put forward by the honorable and learned member for Werriwa is rather a far-fetched one.

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