Mechanical (& other) Copyright Stamps
Last Update 10 June 2016
Published in March 2007, Adam Miller's
The World-wide Catalogue & Handbook of Stamps issued under
describes the background to the stamps, and catalogues in considerable
detail the issues of over 220 companies and individuals from over a
In August 2008 it won a GOLD medal
at the APS Stampshow in Hartford, CT.
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.
Fear not - the 2nd Edition is now in preparation, and I hope to have it
available later in 2017. It is already 60 pages longer than the 2007
Samplers are available - Australia
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.
Miscellaneous & Unknown
Purchase Tax stamps
A selection of images of records, rolls, stamps and sheet
music relating to mechanical copyright stamps.