Stanley Gortikov, chairman of the American Copyright Council, was misquoted in a story in yesterday's Washington Business. He said, "Copyright is the wellspring of a $141 billion industry."
A group of artists, writers and congressmen gathered on Capitol Hill recently to mark the formation of a new organization to inform the public on copyright issues.
"Copyright is the wellspring of a $41 billion industry," said Stanley Gortikov, chairman of the newly created American Copyright Council and president of the Recording Industry Association of America. "Yet copyright is more and more at risk these days. It is becoming an endangered species."
Several writers, actresses and songwriters attended the ceremony to express their support for the newly formed council. Madeline L'Engle, author of the award-winning children's book "A Wrinkle in Time," said copyright royalties are often the only income that authors receive. A spokesman for a computer information service added that copyrights allow computer businesses, especially new ones, to survive because they protect their databases and software.
A council spokesman attributed the growing number of copyright infringements to the proliferation of photocopiers, tape recorders, videocassette recorders and personal computers, all of which make it easy to duplicate a copyrighted material without getting permission from the original artist or company.
There are laws against duplicating copyrighted items but there are no penalties for it, contended Charles Boller, the council's executive director and general counsel. The Constitution protects copyrighted works by giving Congress the power "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
The council plans to launch an ad campaign on the legalities of copyright infringement. It already has published a study of the economic impact of copyright infringement and plans to offer seminars and fund other studies on the same issue. The council also noted that the Copyright Clearance Center, a nonprofit group based in Salem, Mass., sells copyrights to individuals and companies and refunds the money to the original copyright holders. TRADE
The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Washington celebrated its 65th year of service to the community at a luncheon meeting last week and also honored several of the area's largest companies that have been members for 50 years or more. Among the 28 local businesses receiving a certificate of appreciation were Woodward and Lothrop, The C&P Telephone Cos., Raleighs and B. F. Saul Co., all of which have been BBB members for 63 of the Bureau's 65 years. The Bureau's newly elected officers for the next year also were announced at the meeting. They include: Arthur J. Pugh, executive vice president of Woodward & Lothrop, chairman; David Johnson, senior vice president for corporate services at Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co., vice chairman; Douglas W. Tindal, Better Business Bureau, president; James S. Culp, vice president of investor relations, Potomac Electric Power Co., treasurer; Gerard N. Murphy, president of the National Capital Chapter of the Automotive Trade Association, assistant treasurer, and Richard K. Lyon, general counsel.
Edward W. Dooley, vice president for public affairs at the National Cable Television Association for the past three years, has left to become a partner at Anderson Benjamin & Read Inc., a Washington-based management and public policy consulting firm specializing in the communications industry.
The Prince George's Chamber of Commerce has added 10 new tapes to its free business tips hotline. The tapes cover health-care cost containment, with titles such as "Hospital Pre-Admission Testing," "The HMO Option" and others. Call the chamber at 350-7300 to receive an index of all available tapes. PROFESSIONAL
For the first time in 57 years, the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives has elected a woman as its chairman. Dolores J. Harrington, a staff vice president of meeting and training services at the American Gas Association, was sworn in last month at the GWSAE annual meeting held at the Washington Convention Center. Harrington, the first chairman of GWSAE's Washington Association Research Foundation, was responsible for the group's newly published book, "Washington Embassies: A Guide for the Private Sector." The book, a reference guide to the embassies in Washington, was compiled by the foundation and funded by a grant from American Telephone & Telegraph Co. GWSAE also announced at the meeting that it has purchased a town house at 21st and P streets NW for use as its new headquarters.
The Maryland Bankers Association has elected Douglas W. Dodge, president of Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co., as its president. Dodge succeeds G. J. Manderfield, president of Suburban Bank in Bethesda, as head of the statewide association.