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ANDREW B. STERLING!<br>1927 Copyright Certificate Renewing<br>1900 compostion, Strike Up the Band<br>Bearing Library of Congress impressed seal and hand signed by<br>Register of Copyrights, Clement L. Bouve´

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Here is a great 1927 certificate renewing the song, "Strike up the Band (Here Comes a Sailor)" Lyrics by Andrew Sterling, Music by Chas. B. Ward, registered in the name of Andrew B. Sterling.

The song was originally published in 1900 and Sterling is renewing it before the old deadline of 28 years (old now, but new then). Failing to renew would have placed the work in the public domain. Current laws governing what defines "public domain" are much more to the benefit of the writer.

The certificate bears the impressed seal of the U.S. Copyright Office and is hand signed by Clement L. Bouve´.

An interesting point: Although Clement L. Bouve´ has signed under "Register of Copyrights", he would not hold that title until 1936. At the time of this document, Thorvald Solberg (who held the office until 1930) was still the Register. Solberg's succesor was William L. Brown, who held the office until Bouve´ took over in 1936. Bouve´ has most likely signed in 1927 in the capacity of an assistant or clerk.

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