File No. 811.54441/16.
This Order came into operation on 1st. of January, 1915.
At the Court at Buckingham Palace
The 3rd day of
- The King’s Most Excellency Majesty
- Lord President
- Mr. Secretary Harcourt
- Viscount Knollys
- Mr. Arthur Henderson
- Lord Chamberlain
- Sir William Macgregor
- Lord Justice Bankes
Whereas by a Proclamation of the President of the United States of
America, dated the 9th April, 1910, the benefits of the United
States Act of 1909, entitled “An Act to amend and consolidate the
Acts respecting Copyright,” were extended to the Subjects of Great
Britain and her Possessions, but no provision was made therein for
the protection of the musical works of British Subjects against
reproduction by means of mechanical contrivances:
And whereas His Majesty is advised that the Government of the United
States of America has undertaken, upon the issue of this Order, to
grant such protection to the musical works of British Subjects:
And whereas by reason of these premises His Majesty is satisfied that
the Government of the United States of America has made, or has
undertaken to make, such provision as it is expedient to require for
the protection of works entitled to Copyright under the provisions
of Part I of the Copyright Act, 1911:
And whereas by the Copyright Act, 1911, authority is conferred upon
His Majesty to extend, by Order in Council, the protection of the
said Act to certain classes of foreign works within any parts of His
Majesty’s Dominions, other than self-governing Dominions, to which
the said Act extends:
And whereas it is desirable to provide protection within the said
Dominions for the unpublished works of Citizens of the United States
Now, therefore, His Majesty, by and with the advice of His Privy
Council, and by virtue of the authority conferred upon him by the
Copyright Act, 1911, is pleased to order, and it is hereby ordered,
- The Copyright Act, 1911, including the provisions as to
existing works, shall, subject to the provisions of the said
Act, and of this Order, apply—
- to literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works
the authors whereof were at the time of the making
of the works Citizens of the United States of
America, in like manner as if the authors had been
- in respect of residence in the United States of
America, in like manner as if such residence had
been residence in the parts of His Majesty’s
Dominions to which the said Act extends.
- Provided that—
- the term of Copyright within the parts of His
Majesty’s Dominions to which the Order applies shall
not exceed that conferred by the law of the United
States of America:
- the enjoyment of the rights conferred by this
Order shall be subject to the accomplishment of the
conditions and formalities prescribed by the law of
the United States of America:
- in the application to existing works of the
provisions of Section 24 of the Copyright Act, 1911,
the commencement of this Order shall be substituted
for the 26th July, 1910, in subsection 1 (b).
- This Order shall apply to all His Majesty’s Dominions,
Colonies and Possessions, with the exception of those
hereinafter named, that is to say:—
- The Dominion of Canada.
- The Commonwealth of Australia.
- The Dominion of New Zealand.
- The Union of South Africa.
- This Order shall come into operation on the 1st day of
January, 1915, which day is in this Order referred to as the
commencement of this Order.
And the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty’s Treasury are to give the
necessary orders accordingly.