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Wednesday, 23 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I think that Senator Chataway's mind must be a little confused.

Senator de Largie - He is strong on marginal notes.

Senator McGREGOR - Marginal notes have evidently taken his attention entirely away from the subject-matter of the Bill. He was very earnest in saying that nobody can compel me to copyright my speeches. Nobody can compel anybody to copyright any work. The clause does not deal with copyright at all, but with registration, and there is a very great difference between the two things. Under the Imperial Act, which we are adopting, all the works of an individual are copyrighted without registration. In other words, they are his property without registration. That is where the Bill differs slightly from the Imperial Act. It provides that persons may register their copyrights if they choose to do so. That is the optional part of the Bill. If they are satisfied with the protection which is afforded them under the Imperial Act they will not register. But if they wish to obtain the benefits which will be conferred by clauses 15, 16. and 17, they will register their copyrights. I do not think it would be wise in the interests of many classes of authors in Australia to delete the clause.

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