HC Deb 15 February 1922 vol 150 c1052W

asked the Prime Minister how far the Irish Treaty affects the liability under The Copyright Act, 1911, Section 15, of the publisher of every book published in Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom to deliver a copy to the British Museum, and if such liability in respect to Ireland is abolished by the Treaty; whether the liability under the same section of publishers in England and Scotland to deliver a copy of their books to Dublin is also abolished; and, if not, whether legislation dealing with this matter will be introduced?


This is one of the numerous technical matters which will require consideration in connection with the drafting of the constitution of the Free State; and at present I can only say that in this as in other matters the Free State will have the status in relation to Great Britain of a Dominion. During the provisional period pending further legislation, I am advised that the obligations of publishers will remain as at present.

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