Proclamation 2885—Copyright: Israel
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas section 9 of title 17 of the United States Code, entitled, "Copyrights", as codified and enacted into positive law by the act of Congress approved July 30, 1947, 61 Stat. 652, provides in part that the copyright secured by such title shall extend to the work of an author or proprietor who is a citizen or subject of a foreign state or nation only:
"(a) When an alien author or proprietor shall be domiciled within the United States at the time of the first publication of his work; or
"(b) When the foreign state or nation of which such author or proprietor is a citizen or subject grants, either by treaty, convention, agreement, or law, to citizens of the United States the benefit of copyright on substantially the same basis as to its own citizens, or copyright protection, substantially equal to the protection secured to such foreign author under this title or by treaty; or when such foreign state or nation is a party to an international agreement which provides for reciprocity in the granting of copyright, by the terms of which agreement the United States may, at its pleasure, become a party thereto."; and
Whereas section 1 of the said title 17 provides in part as follows:
"Any person entitled thereto, upon complying with the provisions of this title, shall have the exclusive right:
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"(e) To perform the copyrighted work publicly for profit if it be a musical composition; * * * Provided, That the provisions of this title, so far as they secure copyright controlling the parts of instruments serving to reproduce mechanically the musical work, shall include only compositions published and copyrighted after July 1, 1909, and shall not include the works of a foreign author or composer unless the foreign state or nation of which such author or composer is a citizen or subject grants, either by treaty, convention, agreement, or law, to citizens of the United States similar rights."; and
Whereas section 9 of the said title 17 further provides that "the existence of the reciprocal conditions aforesaid shall be determined by the President of the United States, by proclamation made from time to time, as the purposes of this title may require."; and
Whereas satisfactory official assurances have been received that since May 15, 1948, citizens of the United States have been entitled to obtain copyright protection for their works in Israel which has been accorded substantially on the same basis as to citizens of Israel, including rights similar to those provided by section 1(e) of the said title 17:
Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do declare and proclaim:
That since May 15, 1948, the conditions specified in sections 9(b) and 1(e) of the said title 17 of the United States Code have existed and have been fulfilled with respect to citizens of Israel, and that citizens of Israel are and since May 15, 1948, have been entitled to all the benefits of the said title 17 except those conferred by the provisions embodied in the second paragraph of section 9(b) thereof regarding the extension of time for fulfilling copyright conditions and formalities.
Provided, that the enjoyment by any work of the rights and benefits conferred by the said title 17 shall be conditioned upon compliance with the requirements and formalities prescribed with respect to such works by the copyright laws of the United States:
And provided further, that the provisions of section 1(e) of the said title 17, so far as they secure copyright controlling parts of instruments serving to reproduce mechanically the musical work, shall apply only to compositions published after July 1, 1909, and registered for copyright in the United States which have not been reproduced within the United States prior to May 15, 1948, on any contrivance by means of which the work may be mechanically performed.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-fourth.
HARRY S. TRUMAN
By the President:
Secretary of State.
Harry S Truman, Proclamation 2885—Copyright: Israel Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/230856