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By Luther H. Evans

13th of the R. R. Bowker Memorial Lectures, proven on the manhattan Public Library as an reduction and stimulus to the research of ebook publishing within the usa and the issues universal to authors, publishers, librarians, readers, all makers and clients of books.

This booklet discusses the theoretical bases for copyright, and the position it performs either regionally and the world over.

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This provision would be optional. Not only would it relieve an acute situation so far as many applicants are concerned, but it would facilitate our own domestic operations in many instances where second copies of foreign works are needed for inter-library loan purposes and where acquisition and catalogue costs frequently exceed the revenue from a foreign registration fee - were it in fact received, which today it is not in most cases. Since the international aspects of these problems are of pressing current importance, it has been suggested that we deal with them through the treaty-making power rather than by amendment of our domestic law.

This provision would be optional. Not only would it relieve an acute situation so far as many applicants are concerned, but it would facilitate our own domestic operations in many instances where second copies of foreign works are needed for inter-library loan purposes and where acquisition and catalogue costs frequently exceed the revenue from a foreign registration fee - were it in fact received, which today it is not in most cases. Since the international aspects of these problems are of pressing current importance, it has been suggested that we deal with them through the treaty-making power rather than by amendment of our domestic law.

Works available to all may be effectively sponsored and promoted by none. The situation may not be unlike that of a parcel of realty to which clear title cannot be given or which is accessible to use by the general public and as a consequence lies idle and neglected. More than one major motion picture producer, I am told, hesitates to use any script or other material to which at least color of ownership cannot be bought and paid for. Finally, it is contended that a clear title and a firm property control may not only produce better editions, more authoritative translations and wider adaptations, but by elminating duplicate typesettings and through the economies of large-scale production may reduce costs and result in a wider circulation.

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