This section is from the "Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1910" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1910.
"Established to secure and protect photographic copyrights, to suppress piracies and generally to promote the interests of the profession" - such are highly commendable aims and objects of the Photographers' Copyright League of America, of which Mr. B. J. Falk is president and Mr. Joseph Byron treasurer. Mr. Byron is giving much of his time to the interests of the league, and in a recent letter puts the case very clearly: "Just as the American photographer needs the backing of the League, so does the League, to be of full service, need a large National membership. "
Mr. Byron also encloses the following interesting letter:
Milwaukee, Sept. 9, 1910. Mr. Joseph Byron,
Marbridge Building, N. Y. Dear Mr. Byron:
Inclose you N. Y. drafts of $8.90, $3.90 of which is for bill for copyright form books, which please receipt and return to me. The $5.00 is for a year's dues in the League.
Beyond all question, from my point of view, the League can only attain its fullest value on the basis of a large and representative national membership. Many members mean weight and influence; moreover, a big member roll means a solid financial backing. We need both. With them the League may be a power; without them it is a little more than a nullity. Now comes the question - how are we to attain that desirable result ?
The League should have an assured income of at least $5000.00 a year two of the important measures it would make possible being: (a)theem-ployment of a secretary, who should devote his entire time and energy to the voluminous League correspondence and the cognate duties that would inevitably accrue; (b) retaining the service of a competent copyright counsel to whom all legal questions could be referred without charge to individual members. Now, if the minimum annual dues are fixed at a dollar a member, roll of 2500 gives us a fair start toward the end we are aiming at. It is understood, of course, that any increased amount of dues is purely optional with any member. But, on a one dollar basis, the revenue of such a member roll falls far short of what is needed and makes it necessary to make up the deficiency by a call for extra contributions from those who most earnestly appreciate the task by which the League is confronted.
This plan, being dependent upon certain conditions, is not a satisfactory one, and it puts the League in the position of "passing the hat round" in a fashion that might not be hurtful to the feelings of a professional beggar, but is certainly not befitting the dignity of an important and self-respecting organization.
What is wanted - and needed - is a stable and assured revenue. Might it not be practicable to ensure it by a plan of graduated dues? It is only fair, anyway, that they who derive the greatest benefit from the work of the League should be the most liberal contributors to its support.
Most of them are already, and I feel little doubt that many of them would engage to contribute dues ranging from $5.00 to $10.00 a year until such time as the increased member roll of the League would bring in sufficient single annual dollars to ensure a good working capital.
As a means of obtaining the desired wider interest and support, I would suggest that each State organization take up the matter and join the League in a body. The trade magazines also should be interested and urged to boost the League and keep its work and aims in prominent evidence. They should be "fed" with frequent items and articles on League matters; lists of members; copyright legislation, etc.My letter has spun out longer than I thought for, but as it clearly outlines my views, I guess no harm is done.
With best wishes for the League's successful future, believe me Cordially yours,(Signed) S. L. Stein.
Further information as to the benefits to be derived by the profession as a whole and by individual members may be had by writing to Mr. Joseph Byron, Marbridge Building, New York.