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The Canadian Bookseller




Canadian Bookseller


Published at Temple Building, TORONTO, ONTARIO.

Per Annum, in Advance.

To Canada and United States,

Single Numbers, Ten Cents.


TORONTO, 21st March, 1901.

In accordance with the resolution passed at the meeting held on the 26th of February, 1901, this Committee has considered the terms of the Act of 1900, and the whole question of copyright, and reports as follows:

The Act of 1900 was the outcome of an agitation to secure the Canadian market for any particular book to a publisher who has purchased the Canadian rights from the $1.00 copyright owner, and has printed and published the book in the Dominion.

Great Britain and Countries within the Postal
Five Shillings Sterling
Single Numbers, Sixpence,


All business communications, money orders, or remittances should be addressed,

The Canadian Bookseller,

Temple Building, Toronto, Ont.

All books for review, and letters for the Editor, should be addressed,

Editor, Canadian Bookseller,

Temple Building, Toronto.


"Of a truth he who would deprive me of books, my old friends, would take away all the delight of my life, nay, I will even say, all desire of living." CORASIUS. CANADIAN COPYRIGHT A LIVE QUESTION.

On Wednesday, April 10th, at the Toronto Board of Trade, a largely attended meeting of the Booksellers' and Stationers' Section was held, representatives being present from all the leading houses in the city. The copyright question was discussed at great length, and the opinion was strongly apparent that the time had now come that a copyright law should be passed insuring the printing of books in Canada. Lord Monkswell's bill was also discussed at length, especially section 35, which refers to the protection of the Canadian market from importation when the book has been printed under license, or when a license to import sheets had been granted, and the general opinion was that this section was unsatisfactory, being entirely in the interests of the British publisher. The report of the committee which had been previously appointed was presented and adopted. The following is the report :—

The Imperial Copyright Act of 1842, which applies to all parts of the Empire, prohibits the importation of foreign reprints of copyright works into any part of Her Majesty's dominions.

In 1847 the Imperial Government passed an Act known as the Foreign Reprints Act, under which a colony was allowed to import reprints of copyright works on undertaking to collect a certain royalty for the author.

From 1850 to 1895 such reprints were allowed to be imported into Canada on payment of a duty of 121%, which went to the author.

In 1895 Canada abandoned the collection of this royalty, and thereby withdrew from the provisions of this Act.

In the Canadian Copyright Act of 1886, chapter 62, it is provided by section 6, that books which have been copyrighted in Great Britain may be subsequently printed and copyrighted in Canada, but "nothing in this Act shall be held to prohibit the importation from the United Kingdom of copies of any such work lawfully printed there." Under this clause Canadian publishers were subject to the competition of British publishers, who issued so-called "Colonial Libraries," paper-covered editions of copyright books which were not allowed to be sold in the British Isles, but were issued for sale only in the Colon ies.

In 1889 the Dominion passed a Copyright Act which provided that if the author of a book did not take advantage of Canadian copyright, the Minister of Agriculture could grant a license to any Canadian publisher to reprint such book on payment of a specified royalty, either with or without the consent of the author. This Act was to go into force by the proclamation of the GovernorGeneral, but was never proclaimed.

By the Act of 1900 it is provided that when a book has been copyrighted in Canada, which was previously published in any part of the British Empire, and the owner of the copyright has granted a license to reproduce this book in Canada, the Minister ing the importation of any copies of this of Agriculture may issue an order prohibitbook from any country, Great Britain


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The Act of 1900 is now actually in operation, the Minister of Agriculture having sued the first order of prohibition on a book entitled "The Lane that had no Turning," by Gilbert Parker.

With reference to the terms of the Act of 1900, this Committee reports that there are some provisions in the Act which in their opinion are defective. For instance :

1st Continuous printing and publication in Canada is not compulsory, and should be made so.

2nd-The Act provides that "Two copies of any edition of the copyright book may be imported for any public free library, or any university or college library, or for the library of any duly incorporated institution or society." As there are a great many such libraries in Canada, this provision may be the means of spoiling an important market for the Canadian publisher, and there seen s to be no adequate reason for such an exception in view of section 3, which obliges the Canadian publisher to import one copy of any edition of the book for any person. ARNOLD W. THOMAS,


This Committee reports with reference to the proposed amendment to Lord Monkswell's Bill referred to it, as follows :

WHEREAS it is not clear, under section 35` of the Copyright Bill now before the House of Lords, that the Parliament of Canada, desiring to avail itself of the terms of said section 35, would have the option to prohibit importation in case the owner of the copyright chooses to give a license to reproduce here, without also being bound to give protection where the owner of the copyright preferred to give a license to import for sale.

We therefore recommend,

That the Canadian Government be requested to communicate with the Imperial authorities, asking that the said Lord Monkswell's Bill be so amended as to make it clear that the Canadian Legislature, desiring to prohibit importation in the case of one class of license, may do so without extending a similar or any protection in the case of the other class of license. ARNOLD W. THOMAS,


This Committee recommends, That such amendments should be made to our Copyright Act as shall assure the continuous printing and binding of copyright books in Canada, in order to retain the commissions in the Dominion of Canada; that we recommend the appointment of a committee to draft the necessary clauses required to produce the desired effect. ARNOLD W. THOMAS,


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