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Arguments Before the Committee on Patents of the House of Representatives Conjointly with the Senate Committee on Patents, on H. R. 19853, to Amend and Consolidate the Acts Respecting Copyright; June 6-9, 1906

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...manufacturers of automatic piano-playing instruments, which can not be operated without music rolls, had a very special interest in this bill. It would be the easiest thing in creation to notify the manufacturers of music rolls and the manufacturers of automatic piano players of these conferences. Take up any directory of manufacturers in the United States and you would find them by the dozen. The Chairman. Let me interrupt you for a moment, Mr. CVConnell, to say that so far as I myself am concerned it does not seem necessary to continue longer upon that line, for the reason that the committees of the Senate and House are now giving you a hearing, and you shall have an ample opportunity to present your side of the case. Mr. O'connell. I simply wanted to make it clear to the whole committee, as I explained it to the chairman yesterday, that it was only last Saturday that we knew what the situation was and knew what the provisions of this bill were. I might say at the outset that the companies which I represent are not members of that class which Mr. Putnam so delicately denominated as pirates. We are here to protect industries in which there are invested millions of dollars. It has also been said by some of these special interests which are appearing in favor of the bill, in elegant language, that we were " butters-in" at the eleventh hour, and that we are here for the purpose of a hold-up. If protecting our business makes us butters-in and hold-up artists, then we come under that definition. I want to say furthermore, at the outset, that we have no particular controversy or quarrel with those very eminent gentlemen, Mr. Herbert and Mr. Sousa. It is perfectly proper for them to seek to get all they possibly can from the products of their genius, bu... Hide synopsis

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