Record #1327

Date:
27/02/1925
Record Type:
Letter
From/By:
Courtland Smith, President of the American Press Association
To:
J. R. Bray, Bray Pictures Inc.
Reel:
Reel 2
Frame Start:
2-0253
Frame End:
2-0260
Legacy ID:
1339
Legacy Year:
1925
Legacy Index:
Copyright

MPPDA collecting statistics regarding how much studios have paid authors for their stories over the last five years. Data to be presented to the House of Representatives Committee on Patents where the hearings on copyright legislation are being held. MPPDA plans to substantiate their claim that the Motion Picture industry is the authors largest source of income. This letter was sent to various studios. Included here is the list of names the letter was sent to and the various replies.

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Included figures from the studios:02-0253: Hal Roach Studios -- $9 40002-0254: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation -- $4 014 432.06 $405 000 was also paid in royalties where properties were paid on a percentage basis02-0255: Warner Bros. -- $744 865.8002-0256: Universal Pictures Corporation: $1 082 25202-0257: Metro Goldwyn Pictures: approx. in excess of $3 000 00002-0258: Producers Distributing Corporation: $373 000 (only from 01-01-1924) Schenck: $891 140 Fox: $1 720 097 (this amount is only what was paid by the offices in the East. There are no records for what was paid on the West Coast)

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