HC Deb 05 June 1924 vol 174 c1488W

asked the Home Secretary whether, since the establishment of the South of Ireland as a Free State, it is still necessary for publishers to continue sending one free copy of each book published to Trinity College, Dublin; under what section of the law this practice is authorised; and whether there is any precedent for such a course in the case of any Dominion Government within the British Empire?


Section 15 of the Copyright Act, 1911, provides, in effect, that publishers in this country shall deliver to Trinity College,' Dublin, upon demand, a copy of each book published. As regards the last part of the question. a comparison with other Dominions is misleading, inasmuch as, in the case of the Irish Free State, a reciprocal Statutory obligation rests at present upon Free State publishers to send a copy of each book published to four or five public libraries in Great Britain.