HL Deb 30 October 1956 vol 199 c1180

Clause 20, page 30, line 45, at end insert— (7) In any action brought by virtue of this Part of this Act with respect to copyright in a sound recording, if records embodying that recording or part thereof have been issued to the public, and, at the time when those records were so issued, they bore a label or other mark comprising any one or more of the following statements, that is to say—

  1. (a) that a person named on the label or mark was the maker of the sound recording;
  2. (b) that the recording was first published in a year specified on the label or mark;
  3. (c) that the recording was first published in a country specified on the label or mark,
that label or mark shall be sufficient evidence of the facts so stated except in so far as the contrary is proved.")


My Lords, we are still on the question of proof of facts under Clause 20. While the position of gramophone record manufacturers is not, I suppose, a quite precise parallel with that of an author, it seems reasonable to raise in the manufacturer's favour the presumptions which are specified in the Amendment—I will not bother to read them out. They are merely that statements made on the record are true unless the contrary is proved. That is thought to be reasonable, and I trust that your Lordships will agree with this Amendment. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(Lord Mancroft.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.