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CHAPTER 53. An Act to give effect to an Act of the Parliament of the Dominion of Canada respecting Copyright.
[2nd August 1875.] WHEREAS by an Order of Her Majesty in Council, dated the 7th day of
July 1868, it was ordered that all prohibitions contained in Acts of the Imperial Parliament against the importing into the Province of Canada, or against the selling, letting out to hire, exposing for sale or hire, or possessing therein foreign reprints of books first composed, written, printed, or published in the United Kingdom, and entitled to copyright therein, should be suspended so far as regarded Canada :
And whereas the Senate and House of Commons of Canada did, in the second session of the third Parliament of the Dominion of Canada, held in the thirty-eighth year of Her Majesty's reign, pass a Bill intituled “ An Act “ respecting Copyrights,” which Bill has been reserved by the Governor-General for the signification of Her Majesty's pleasure thereon :
And whereas by the said reserved Bill provision is made, subject to such conditions as in the said Bill are mentioned, for securing in Canada the rights of authors in respect of matters of copyright, and for prohibiting the importation into Canada of any work for which copyright under the said reserved Bill has been secured ; and whereas doubts have arisen whether the said reserved Bill may not be repugnant to the said Order in Council, and it is expedient to remove such doubts and to confirm the said Bill :
Be it enacted by the Queen'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, as follows:
1. This Act may be cited for all purposes as the Canada Copyright Short title of Act, 1875.
Definition of terms.
2. In the construction of this Act the words “book” and “copyright” shall have respectively the same meaning as in the Act of the fifth and sixth years of Her Majesty's reign, chapter forty-five, intituled “An Act to amend the
“ Law of Copyright." Her Majesty 3. It shall be lawful for Her Majesty in Council to assent to the said
reserved Bill, as contained in the schedule to this Act annexed, and if Her schedule.
Majesty shall be pleased to signify her assent thereto, the said Bill shall come into operation at such time and in such manner as Her Majesty may by Order in Council direct; anything in the Act of the twenty-eighth and twentyninth years of the reign of Her Majesty, chapter ninety-three, or in any
other Act to the contrary notwithstanding. Colonial re- 4. WHERE any book in which, at the time when the said reserved Bill prints not to be imported
comes into operation, there is copyright in the United Kingdom, or any book iuto United in which thereafter there shall be such copyright, becomes entitled to copyKingdom.
right in Canada in pursuance of the provisions of the said reserved Bill, it shall be unlawful for any person, not being the owner, in the United Kingdom, of the copyright in such book, or some person authorised by him, to import into the United Kingdom any copies of such book reprinted or republished in Canada; and for the purposes of such importation the seventeenth section of the said Act of the fifth and sixth years of the reign of Her Majesty, chapter forty-five, shall apply to all such books in the same
manner as if they had been reprinted out of the British dominions. Order in Coun- 5. The said Order in Council, dated the seventh day of July one thousand cil of 7th July eight hundred and sixty-eight, shall continue in force so far as relates to books 1868 to tinae in force which are not entitled to copyright for the time being, in pursuance of the subject to this
said reserved Bill.
An Act respecting Copyrights.
1. The Minister of Agriculture shall cause to be kept in his office books to be called the “Registers of Copyrights,” in which proprietors of literary, scientific, and artistic works or compositions may have the same registered in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
2. The Minister of Agriculture may, from time to time, subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, make such rules and regulations and prescribe such forms as may appear to him necessary and expedient for the purposes of this Act; such regulations and forms, being circulated in print for the use of the public, shall be deemed to be correct for the purposes of this Act, and all documents executed and accepted by the said Minister of Agriculture shall be held valid so far as relates to all official proceedings under this Act.
3. If any person prints or publishes, or causes to be printed or published, any manuscript whatever, the said manuscript having not yet been printed in Canada or elsewhere, without the consent of the author or legal proprietor first obtained, such person shall be liable to the author or proprietor for all damages occasioned by such publication, to be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
4. Any person domiciled in Canada, or in any part of the British Possessions, or being a citizen of any country having an international copyright treaty with the United Kingdom, who is the author of any book, map, chart, or musical composition, or of any original painting, drawing, statue, sculpture, or photograph, or who invents, designs, etches, engraves, or causes to be engraved, etched, or made from his own design, any print or engraving, and the legal representatives of such person, shall have the sole right and liberty of printing, reprinting, publishing, reproducing, and vending such literary, scientific, or artistic works or compositions, in whole or in part, and of allowing translations to be printed or reprinted and sold, of such literary works from one language into other languages, for the term of twenty-eight years from the time of recording the copyright thereof in the inanner herein-after directed; (2.) The condition for obtaining such copyright shall be that the said literary,
scientific, or artistic works be printed and published, or reprinted or republished in Canada, or in the case of works of art that it be produced or reproduced in Canada, whether they be so published or produced for the first time or contemporaneously with or subsequently to publication or production elsewhere: provided that in no case the exclusive privilege in Canada shall
continue to exist after it has expired anywhere else. (3.) No immoral, or licentious, or irreligious, or treasonable, or seditious literary,
scientific, or artistic work shall be the legitimate subject of such registration
or copyright. 5. If at the expiration of the aforesaid term of twenty-eight years, such author, or any of the authors when the work has been originally composed and made by more than one person, be still living, or being dead has left a widow or a child or children living, the same exclusive right shall be continued to such author, or, if dead, then to such widow and child or children (as the case may be) for the further term of fourteen years; but in such case within one year after the expiration of the first term the title of the work secured shall be a second time recorded, and all other regulations herein required to be observed in regard to original copyrights shall be complied with in respect to such renewed copyright.
6. In all cases of renewal of copyright under this Act the author or proprietor shall, within two months from the date of such renewal, cause a copy of the record thereof to be published once in the “ Canada Gazette.”
7. No person shall be entitled to the benefit of this Act unless he has deposited in the office of the Minister of Agriculture two copies of such book, map, chart, musical composition, photograph, print, cut, or engraving, and in case of paintings, drawings, statuary, and sculpture, unless he has furnished a written description of such works of art, and the Minister of Agriculture shall cause the copyright of the same to be recorded forthwith in a book to be kept for that purpose, in the manner adopted by the Minister of Agriculture, or prescribed by the rules and forms which may be made from time to time as herein-before provided.
8. The Minister of Agriculture shall cause one of the two copies of such book, map, chart, musical composition, photograph, print, cut, or engraving aforesaid, to be deposited in the Library of the Parliament of Canada.
9. No person shall be entitled to the benefit of this Act, unless he gives information of the copyright being secured, by causing to be inserted in the several copies of every edition published during the term secured, on the title page, or the page immediately following, if it be a book, or if a map, chart, musical composition, print, cut, engraving, or photograph, by causing to be impressed on the face thereof, or if a volume of maps, charts, music, engravings, or photographs, upon the title page or frontispiece thereof, the following words, that is to say: “ Entered according to Act of Parliament of “ Canada, in the year
, by A.B., in the office of the “ Minister of Agriculture.” But as regards paintings, drawings, statuary, and sculptures, the signature of the artist shall be deemed a sufficient notice of such proprietorship.
10. Pending the publication or republication in Canada of a literary, scientific, or artistic work, the author, or his legal representatives or assigns, may obtain an interim copyright by depositing in the oflice of the Minister of Agriculture a copy of the title, or a designation of such work intended for publication or republication in Canada, the said title or designation to be registered in an interim copyright register in the said office, to secure to the author aforesaid, or his legal representatives or assigns, the exclusive rights recognised by this Act, previous to publication or republication in Canada; the said interim registration, however, not to endure for more than one month from the date of the original publication elsewhere, within which period the work shall be printed or reprinted and published in Canada. (2.) In all cases of interim registration under this Act, the author or proprietor shall
cause notice of such registration to be inserted once in the “ Canada Gazette." (3.) A literary work intended to be published in pamphlet or book form, but which
is first published in separate articles in a newspaper or periodical, may be the subject of registration within the meaning of this Act while it is so preliminary published, provided that the title of the manuscript and a short analysis of the work are deposited in the office of the Minister of Agriculture, and that every separate article so published is preceded by the words “ Registered in accordance with the Copyright Act of 1875;” but the work when published in book or pamphlet form shall be subject, besides, to the
other requirements of this Act. (4.) The importation of newspapers and magazines published in foreign countries,
and containing, together with foreign original matter, portions of British copyright works republished with the consent of the author or his assigns or under the law of the country where such copyright exists, shall not be
prohibited. 11. If any other person after the interim registration of the title of any book according to this Act within the term herein limited, or after the copyright is secured, and for the term or terms of its duration, prints, publishes, or reprints or republishes, or imports, or causes to be so printed, published, or imported, any copy or any translation of such book without the consent of the person legally eatitled to the copyright thereof first had and obtained by assignment, or knowing the same to be so printed or imported publishes, sells, or exposes for sale, or causes to be published, sold, or exposed for sale, any copy of such book without such consent, such offender shall forfeit every copy of such book to the person then legally entitled to the copyright thereof; and shall forfeit and pay for every such copy which may be found in his possession, either printed or printing, published, imported, or exposed for sale, contrary to the intent of this Act, such sum not being less than ten cents nor more than one dollar as the court shall determine; of which penalty one moiety shall be to the use of Her Majesty, and the other to the legal owner of such copyright, and such penalty may be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
12. If any person after the recording of any painting, drawing, statue, or other work of art within the term or terms limited by this Act, reproduces in any manner, or causes to be reproduced, made, or sold, in whole or in part, copies of the said works of art without the consent of the proprietor or proprietors, such offender or offenders shall forfeit the plate or plates on which such reproduction has been made, and also every sheet thereof so copied, printed, or photographed, to the proprietor or proprietors of the copyright thereof, and shall further forfeit for every sheet of the same reproduction so published or exposed for sale, contrary to the true intent and meaning of this Act, such sum, not being less than ten cents nor more than one dollar, as the court shall determine; and one moiety of such forfeiture shall go to the proprietor or proprietors, and the other moiety to the use of Her Majesty, and such forfeiture may be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
13. If any person, after the recording of any print, cut, or engraving, map, chart, musical composition, or photograph, according to the provisions of this Act, within the term or terms limited by this Act, engraves, etches, or works, sells or copies, or causes to be engraved, etched, or copied, made or sold, either in the whole or by varying, adding to, or diminishing the main design with intent to erade the law, or prints, or reprints, or imports for sale, or causes to be so printed or imported for sale, any such map, chart, musical composition, print, cut, or engraving, or any part thereof, without the consent of the proprietor or proprietors of the copyright thereof first obtained as aforesaid, or knowing the same to be so printed or imported without such consent, publishes, sells, or exposes for sale, or in any manner disposes of any such map, chart, musical composition, engraving, cut, photograph, or print without such consent as aforesaid, such offender or offenders, shall forfeit the plate or plates on which such map, chart, musical composition, engraving, cut, photograph, or print has been copied, and also erery sheet thereof so copied or printed as aforesaid, to the proprietor or proprietors of the copyright thereof, and shall further forfeit for every sheet of such map, musical composition, print, cut, or engraving which may be found in his or their possession, printed or published or exposed for sale contrary to the true intent and meaning of this Act, such sum not being less than ten cents nor more than one dollar as the court shall determine; and one moiety of such forfeiture shall go to the proprietor or proprietors, and the other moiety to the use of Her Majesty, and such forfeiture may be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
14. Nothing herein contained shall prejudice the right of any person to represent any scene or object, notwithstanding that there may be copyright in some other representation of such scene or object.
15. Works of which the copyright has been granted and is subsisting in the United
publication in the United Kingdom, any person who may have previous to
person to establish the extent and regularity of the transaction.
be the subject of copyright has executed the same for another person or has sold the same to another person for due consideration, such author shall not be entitled to obtain or to retain the proprietorship of such copyright, which is by the said transaction virtually transferred to the purchaser who may avail himself of such privilege, unless a reserve of the said privilege is specially made by the author or artist in a deed duly executed.
17. If any person, not having legally acquired the copyright of a literary, scientific,
right and fails to print and publish or reprint and republish the same within