The Secretary of State to Minister Buck .
Washington , December 31, 1900.
Sir: Referring to previous correspondence on the subject of negotiating a copyright agreement between the United States and Japan, I inclose herewith for your information copiesa of letters from the American Copyright League and others, urging the early conclusion of such an agreement.
You will study the matter in the light of the reported copyright agreement between Japan and Germany, and see if the way may not be open for a conventional understanding between the United States and Japan which shall equally protect American copyright in the Empire.
No reason is seen why a reciprocal declaration, in the shape of a protocol, if preferred, conforming to the existing copyright law of the United States, and substantially on the lines of the understandings reached with other nations, should not meet the case, by giving to the declaration such form and scope as may harmonize with the Japanese law on the subject.
Your full report on the subject will be awaited with interest, in the hope that means may be found to terminate a condition as inequitable as it is injurious.
Two copies each of the department’s circular of July 25, 1899, and of the President’s proclamations of the conclusion or copyright conventions with Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland,b Germany, Italy, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and the Netherlands are herewith inclosed for your information.
I am, sir, etc.,