HC Deb 27 June 1907 vol 177 c93
Mr. McCRAE (Edinburgh, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary for State for Foreign Affairs, if he can state whether British books are being re-published in Tokio and printed there by photo type; whether these books are being sold in China bearing the impress printed in Edinburgh; and, if so, can he take any steps to remedy this injustice.

The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir EDWARD GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick

No information has been received in regard to the facts referred to in the first two Questions, but inquiry will be made at Tokio. We have no copyright agreement with China, nor is she a party to the Convention for the creation of an International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Japan is a party to that Convention, and any one whose rights under that Convention are infringed can take proceedings in the Japanese Courts.