Mechanical (& other) Copyright Stamps

Last Update 31 July 2011

Stamps on Music Book cover Published in March 2007, Adam Miller's The World-wide Catalogue & Handbook of Stamps issued under Copyright Acts, describes the background to the stamps, and catalogues in considerable detail the issues of over 220 companies and individuals from over a dozen countries.
In August 2008 it won a GOLD medal at the APS Stampshow in Hartford, CT.

The book runs to 240 A4 pages and catalogues around 4,000 different stamps including many sub-varieties. There are over 1000 full-colour illustrations throughout of the stamps and their usage.  The introduction covers the background to the issuance of the stamps, printed indicia, usage of the stamps on other than 78rpm labels (illustrated with examples), a detailed description of the catalogue itself, and a section on collecting the stamps.

The comprehensive reference section includes an inventory of known multiples, a bibliography of published articles, a listing of auction entries, background references of the issuers and an index.

Printed in an initial run of just 100 copies, this is now out of print


Click on the cover above to view some sample pages and see more information.


Newsletters!

Copyright Stamps Newsletter #1 - December 2008 - new issuers uncovered since the book was published (PDF, 2.8MB, print-ready)

Copyright Stamps Newsletter #2 - September 2009 - new issuers, and many new types from known issuers (PDF, 2.1MB, print-ready)

Copyright Stamps Newsletter #3 - July 2011 - almost all new issuers, plus book review of a new work on copyright stamps in Germany (PDF, 4MB, print-ready)

Copyright Stamps Newsletter #4 - May 2013 - Many new issuers and issues, especially from Italy (PDF, 3.3MB, print-ready)



What they are.

These stamps were issued to show the pre-payment of mechanical copyright royalties due under various Copyright Acts and General Regulations. They were first introduced in the UK in July 1912, and had largely faded by the Second World War, although in Australia the continued well into the 1950s. They were intended to be affixed to the record, pianola roll or cylinder box to show the royalty had been paid.
 
A longer article is here.
 

Issuers by Category

Each category has a list of the relevant issues, by country.  A few issuers have a linked page which shows the basic stamp types issued, and some detail of these, per the "Stamps on Music" catalogue.  
The terms used are defined here.

Unless otherwise shown, all images on the subsequent pages are scanned at 200% for an 800x600 256 colour display (75dpi).  Record labels are generally scanned actual size. The stamps below are actual size at 100dpi.

  1. Music Publishers
  2. Record companies
  3. Copyright Agencies
  4. Composers
  5. Miscellaneous & Unknown
  6. Purchase Tax stamps

Gallery
A selection of images of records, rolls, stamps and sheet music relating to mechanical copyright stamps.

Some threads on Stampboards.com
Mainly Australian items, complete Allan & Co illustrated
Copyright stamps still on the record label

 

Files about 78rpm Records

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