Or maybe it’s not as old as all that.
CopyrightWatch.ca – Blog Archive – The same â..oldâ. line
The original 1921 Act contained 9,434 words. The current Copyright Act, as consolidated after those forty-one sets of amendments, is more than triple the size of the original statute, at 31,223 words. (In both cases, the preamble, marginal notes, and schedules are excluded from the word counts.)
And, after all those amendments, whatâ..s left of the 1924 legislation?
Not much, it turns out. A side-by-side comparison reveals that there are just 573 words in the current Act which have descended, unaltered in form and context, from the 1921.
About 6% of the 1921 Act survives to this day. Or, flipping the comparison around, less than 2% of the current Copyright Act derives directly from the 1921 statute.