711.932/5–2748: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China ( Stuart )

796. Senate For[eign] Rel[ations] Comm[ittee] reporting out FCN treaty1 May 25 attached reservation that U. S. does not accept para 5 (c) of Protocol regarding translations and that U. S. interests in this respect will continue be governed by provisions 1903 Treaty.2

Committee received many protests from authors and publishers against Protocol 5 (c), and apparently considered reservation necessary as public relations matter to make clear treaty does not introduce new principle or indicate backward step with respect protection authors’ rights. Dept feels reservation involves no significant change substance, since 1903 Treaty does not appear afford any substantial protection against translations.

Senate action on treaty expected few days.

  1. Treaty of friendship, commerce, and navigation, signed at Nanking, November 4, 1946. For text, see Department of State Treaties and Other International Acts Series No. 1871, or 63 Stat. (pt. 2) 1299.
  2. Signed at Shanghai, October 8, 1903, Foreign Relations, 1903, p. 91.