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6 & 7 Wm. IV. c. 59. — An Act to extend the Pro

tection of Copyright in Prints and Engravings in Ireland.

c. 59.

c. 57.

6 & 7

“Whereas an act was passed in the seventeenth year of Will. IV. the reign of his late Majesty King George the third, inti

tuled An Act for more effectually securing the Property 17 G. III. of Prints to Inventors and Engravers, by enabling them

to sue for and recover Penalties in certain Cases : and whereas it is desirable to extend the provisions of the said act to Ireland; be it therefore enacted by the King's most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority

of the same, that from and after the passing of this act all Provisions the provisions contained in the said recited act of the of recited seventeenth year of the reign of his late Majesty King ed to Ire- George the third, and of all the other acts therein recited, land.

shall be and the same are hereby extended to the united

kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Penalty on

II. And be it further enacted, that from and after the engraving or publish- passing of this act, if any engraver, etcher printseller, or print with other person shall, within the time limited by the aforeout consent said recited acts, engrave, etch, or publish, or cause to of proprietor.

be engraved, etched, or published any engraving or print of any description whatever, either in whole or in part, which may have been or which shall hereafter be published in any part of Great Britain or Ireland, without the express consent of the proprietor or proprietors thereof first had and obtained in writing, signed by him, her, or them respectively, with his, her or their own hand or hands, in the presence of and attested by two or more credible witnesses, then every such proprietor shall and may, by and in a separate action upon the case, to be brought against the person offending in any Court of Law in Great Britain or Ireland, recover such damages as a jury on the trial of such action or on the execution of a writ of inquiry thereon shall give or assess, together with double costs of suit.

c. 110.

6 & 7 Wm. IV. c. 110. — An Act to repeal so much

of an Act of the Fifty-fourth Year of King George the Third, respecting Copyrights, as requires the delivery of a copy of every published Book to the Library of Sion College, the Four Universities of

Scotland, and of the King's Inns in Dublin. WHEREAS by an act passed in the fifty-fourth year of the 6 & 7 reign of his late Majesty King George the third, intituled Will. IV. An Aet to amend the several Acts for the encouragement of Learning by securing the Copies and Copyright of 54 G. III. printed Books to the Authors of such Books or their As. c. 146. signs, it is amongst other things enacted, that eleven copies of every published book shall be gratuitously delivered to eleven public libraries named in the said act; and whereas the provisions of the said act have in certain respects operated to the injury of authors and publishers, and have in some cases checked or prevented the publication of works of great utility and importance, and it is therefore expedient that the said act should be amended : be it therefore enacted by the King's most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lord's Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, that so much of the said recited act as requires that a So much of copy of every book which shall be printed and published recited act shall be delivered in manner therein mentioned to the the delivery warehouse-keeper of the Company of Stationers for the books for

of copies of use of the library of Sion College, the libraries of the the libraries four universities of Scotland, and the King's Inns Libra- tioned rery at Dublin, shall be and the same is hereby repealed. pealed.

II. And be it further enacted, that it shall be lawful Compensafor the Lord High Treasurer or for the Commissioners made to the of his Majesty's Treasury, or any three or more of them, said libra

ries out of from time to time to issue and pay out of the consoli- consolidatdated fund of the united kingdom of Great Britain and ed fund. Ireland, to the person or persons or body politic or corporate, proprietors or managers of each of the aforesaid libra

c. 110.

6 & 7 ries, such an annual sum as may be equal in value to and Will. JV. a compensation for the loss which any such library may

sustain by reason of the said act being repealed, so far as relates to such library; such annual compensation to be ascertained and determined according to the value of the books which may have been actually received by each such library, in such manner as the commissioners of his Majesty's treasury or any three or more of them shall direct, upon an average of the three years ending the thirtieth day of June one thousand eight hundred and

thirty-six. Application III. And be it further enacted, that the person or perof the compensation. sons or body politic or corporate, proprietors or managers

of the library for the use whereof any such book would have been delivered, shall and they are hereby required to apply the annual compensation hereby authorized to be made in the purchase of books of literature, science, and the arts, for the use of and to be kept and preserved in such library; provided always, that it shall not be lawful for the said lord high treasurer or commissioners of his Majesty's treasury to direct the issue of any sum of money for such annual compensation until sufficient proof shall have been adduced before him or them of the application of the money last issued to the purpose aforesaid.

AMERICAN STATUTES.

Act

Act of Feb.

any other

I. An Act for the encouragement of learning, by se

curing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Stat. Representatives of the United States of America in Con. May 31,

1790. gress assembled, That from and after the passing of this act, the author and authors of any map, chart, book or Repealed.

Act of April books already printed within these United States, being

29, 1802, a citizen or citizens thereof, or resident within the same, c. 36.

of Feb. 15, his or their executors, administrators or assigns, who 1819, c. 19. hath or have not transferred to

person
the copy-

3, 1831, c. right of such map, chart, book or books, share or shares 16. June thereof; and any other person or persons, being a citi- 30, 51834, zen or citizens of these United States, or residents there- Authors in, his or their executors, administrators or assigns, who charts and hath or have purchased or legally acquired the copyright

books: of any such map, chart, book or books, in order to print, chasers

from them, reprint, publish or vend the same, shall have the sole right to have the

nd liberty of printing, reprinting, publishing and vending sole right of such map, chart, book or books, for the term of fourteen &c. for 14 years from the recording the title thereof in the clerk's years ; office, as is herein after directed: And that the author recording

the title, and authors of any map, chart, book or books already &c. made and composed, and not printed or published, or that shall hereafter be made and composed, being a citizen or citizens of these United States, or resident therein, and his or their executors, administrators or assigns, shall have the sole right and liberty of printing, reprinting, publishing and vending such map, chart, book or books,

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Stat. for the like term of fourteen years from the time of reMay 31, cording the title thereof in the clerk's office as aforesaid. 1790.

And if, at the expiration of the said term, the author or Also, if liv. authors, or any of them, be living, and a citizen or citiing at the zens of these United States, or resident therein, the same end of that term, to exclusive right shall be continued to him or them, his or have them their executors, administrators or assigns, for the further of 14 years; term of fourteen years: Provided, he or they shall cause the title, the title thereof to be a second time recorded and pub&c. lished in the same manner as is herein after directed, and

that within six months before the expiration of the first term of fourteen years aforesaid.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any other sons print- person or persons, from and after the recording the title ing, &c. without of any map, chart, book or books, and publishing the consent of the author,

same as aforesaid, and within the times limited and granthow to be ed by this act, shall print, reprint, publish, or import, or proceeded against and cause to be printed, reprinted, published, or imported punished. from any foreign kingdom or state, any copy or copies of

such map, chart, book or books, without the consent of the author or proprietor thereof, first had and obtained in writing, signed in the presence of two or more credible witnesses; or knowing the same to be so printed, reprinted, or imported, shall publish, sell, or expose to sale, or cause to be published, sold, or exposed to sale, any copy of such map, chart, book or books, without such consent first had and obtained in writing as aforesaid, then such offender or offenders shall forfeit all and every copy and copies of such map, chart, book or books, and all and every sheet and sheets, being part of the same, or either of them, to the author or proprietor of such map, chart, book or books, who shall forth with destroy the same : And every such offender and offenders shall also forfeit and pay the sum of fifty cents for every sheet which shall be found in his or their possession, either printed or printing, published, imported or exposed to sale, contrary to the true intent and meaning of this act, the one moiety thereof to the author or proprietor of such map, chart, book or books who shall sue for the same,

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