Copyright Act of 1909 Law and Legal Definition

The Copyright Act (“Act”) of 1909 grants copyright protection to originally published works. This Act granted protection for a work for a period of 28 years. The Act grants the author a right to renew the protection for another 28 years. This Act also provides for compulsory mechanical license to allow anyone to make a mechanical reproduction of a musical composition without the consent of the copyright owner.

This Act is superseded by the Copyright Act of 1976.