Book Pirating in Taiwan by David Kaser

By David Kaser

Philadelphia 1969 1st college of Pennsylvania. 8vo., 154pp., hardcover. fantastic in VG DJ.

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50 BOOK PIRATING IN TAIWAN In the first week of July 1959 the problem of Taiwan's book exports was discussed in England's House of Lords, with Viscount Elibank enquiring if Taiwan piracy could not somehow be stopped. S. to subsidize British books abroad and that this direct financial interest might make it incumbent upon the government to take as stringent action as possible to protect the public monies. The Earl of Dundee, Minister without Portfolio, replied that the House of Lords need not fear for British interests at least—that although Taiwan was not signatory to the international copyright conventions, pirated books could under law be seized if imported into British colonies.

These were valid points, but they offered little hope to the beleaguered American industry. The third point, although perhaps sincerely proposed by the State Department, was more a 58 BOOK PIRATING IN TAIWAN GRC rationalization than it was a fact; certainly the Taiwan printers themselves were often transient operators but the booksellers who ran the industry were substantial, well-known firms. And, of course, the American industry had already decided that it could not concur with the fourth point in the State Department's letter.

But we do hope that this Committee will keep a watchful eye on future developments and will see fit to express its concern in its report on the present bill or in other appropriate manner. When the Senate Committee Report [No. 981] appeared three weeks later it alluded to Mr. " The activities of the American publishing industry in combatting piracy over the subsequent twelve months were severalfold. In the first place, it continued to harangue the Department of State, which now found itself being pressured by the Congress on one side and the industry on the other.

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