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Monday, 18 December 1905

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - I find that in the Bill which was drafted in the House of Lords the terms "wherever made" are used in connexion with artistic works.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then the House of Lords is very clumsy in its phraseology. Would the Minister be willing to slavishly follow the House of Lords in everything?

Mr GROOM - No; but on the spur of the moment I am not prepared to suggest a better word.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Have any decisions been given with regard to the definition of the word "made" in this connexion?

Mr GROOM - I do not know. But as a rule, we know that Imperial Bills are carefully drafted. The Copyright Bill was not only carefully drafted, but was investigated by a Select Committee of the House of Lords.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 37. -

The copyright in an artistic work shall begin with the making of the work, and shall subsist for the term of forty -two years, or for the author's life and seven years, whichever shall last the longer.

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