Mr. Merry to Mr. Hay.

No. 305.]

Sir: I have the honor to forward herewith decree (inclosure No. 1) to be published on September 4 by the Government of Costa Rica, establishing international copyright between the Republic and the United States. When proclamation is made at Washington will you kindly send two copies thereof to this legation. As the decree refers to the preexisting law on that subject, I also forward a copy of the Official Gazette,1 dated June 30, 1896 (inclosure No. 2), for the further information of the Department of State.

With assurances, etc.,

William Lawrence Merry,
United States Minister.

Rafael Yglesias, Constitutional President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

Inasmuch as the Federal law of the United States of North America guarantees to foreigners the rights of literary ownership that the laws of that Republic concede to its citizens, on the condition that the nation of such foreigners declares equal advantages to the citizens of North America;

In view of the action taken by the honorable envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States in Costa Rica that there be made effective in the Republic the reciprocity assigned by the American law, and in view of the final article of the law of June 26, 1896, regarding literary proprietorship, which provides a condition identical with that established by the law of the United States, article —, single, decrees:

From the 4th of September of the present year the North American citizen residing outside of Costa Rica shall enjoy in this Republic the rights of literary [Page 585] ownership that the law referred to of June 26 establishes, on the understanding that on that date a similar order will have been given by the United States of North America with respect to the Costa Rican citizens who do not reside in that country.

  • Rafael Yglesias.
  • Justo A. Facio,
    Subsecretary of State in the Department of Foreign Relations.
  1. Not printed.