862.4061 Motion Pictures/6: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Schurman)

130. A protest has been received from the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association against the new German regulations governing the importation of foreign films which it is stated have just been promulgated. The Department has received no report upon this matter from the Embassy but has been furnished by the Department of Commerce with a cabled report from the Commercial Attaché. The regulations appear to run counter to both spirit and letter of the Geneva Export and Import Restrictions Convention55 in general, and in particular would, if adopted, cause serious injury to the American interests involved.

The Association requests the interposition of the Embassy but in the light of the incomplete knowledge in its possession, the Department is not in a position to determine in what manner representations, if any, may most effectively be made. You should therefore investigate and report briefly by telegraph and fully by mail with your recommendations.