HC Deb 01 November 1954 vol 532 c21W
Captain Kerby

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider taking steps to amend the copyright law so as to afford authors the right of action for breach of copyright when the basic plot of an original play is used without permission or payment as the script for a film production.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I have no reason to believe that the remedies at present available to a playwright to prevent the pirating of his works by film-producers are inadequate.