AN ACT to amend the law relating to patents, trade marks, and copyrights.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
That no person shall maintain an action for the infringement of his copyright unless he shall give notice thereof by
inserting in the several copies of every edition published, on the title page or the page immediately following, if it be a
book; or if a map, chart, musical composition, print, cut, engraving, photograph, painting, drawing, chromo, statue,
statuary, or model or design intended to be perfected and completed as a work of the fine arts, by inscribing upon some
visible portion thereof, or of the substance on which the same shall be mounted, the following words, viz: "Entered
according to act of Congress, in the year _________________, by A. B., in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at
Washington;" or, at his option the word "Copyright," together with the year the copyright was entered, and the name of
the party by whom it was taken out; thus—"Copyright, 18_________________, by A. B."
SEC. 2. That for recording and certifying any instrument of writing for the assignment of a copyright, the Librarian
of Congress shall receive from the persons to whom the service is rendered, one dollar; and for every copy of an
assignment, one dollar; said fee to cover, in either case, a certificate of the record, under seal of the Librarian of
Congress; and all fees so received shall be paid into the Treasury of the United States.
SEC. 3. That in the construction of this act, the words "Engraving," "cut" and "print"shall be applied only to
pictorial illustrations or works connected with the fine arts, and no prints or labels designed to be used for any other
articles of manufacture shall be entered under the copyright law, but may be registered in the Patent Office. And the
Commissioner of Patents is hereby charged with the supervision and control of the entry or registry of such prints or
labels, in conformity with the regulations provided by law as to copyright of prints, except that there shall be paid for
recording the title of any print or label not a trade mark, six dollars, which shall cover the expense of furnishing a copy
of the record under the seal of the Commissioner of Patents, to the party entering the same.
SEC. 4. That all laws and parts of laws inconsistent with the foregoing provisions be and the same are hereby
SEC. 5. That this act shall take effect on and after the first day of August, eighteen hundred and seventy-four.