Copyright Act

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Published: 1917-06-13

Copyright Act
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COPYRIGHT ACT

AN ACT RELATING TO COPYRIGHT1

Commencement [13th June 1917]

1 Short title
This Act may be cited as the Copyright Act.

2 Penalties for dealing with infringing copies, etc.
(1) If in Tuvalu any person knowingly —

(a) makes for sale or hire any infringing copy of a work in which copyright
subsists; or

(b) sells or lets for hire, or by way of trade exposes or offers for sale or hire
any infringing copy of any such work; or

(c) distributes infringing copies of any such work either for the purposes of
trade or to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the owner of the
copyright; or

(d) by way of trade exhibits in public any infringing copy of any such
work; or

(e) imports for sale or hire any infringing copy of any such work;

he shall be liable to a fine of $4 for every copy dealt with in contravention of
this section, but not exceeding $100 in respect of the same transaction; or in
the case of a second or subsequent offence either to such fine or to
imprisonment for 2 months.

(2) If any person knowingly makes, or has in his possession, any plate for the
purpose of making infringing copies of any work in which copyright subsists,
or knowingly and for his private profit causes any such work to be performed
in public without the consent of the owner of the copyright, he shall be liable

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to a fine of $100 or in the case of a second offence either to such fine or to
imprisonment for 2 months.

(3) The court before which any such proceedings are taken may, whether the
alleged offender is convicted or not, order that all copies of the work or all
plates in the possession of the alleged offender, which appear to it to be
infringing copies, be destroyed or delivered up to the owner of the copyright
or otherwise dealt with as the court may think fit.

3 Application of section 22 of the Copyright Act 1956
For the purpose of the application of section 22 of the Copyright Act 19562 to the
importation into Tuvalu of works made out of Tuvalu —

(1) The Minister shall perform the duties and may exercise the powers thereby
imposed on or given to the Commissioners of Customs and Excise of the
United Kingdom.

(2) Regulations made under that section may provide that notices given to the
said Commissioners if communicated by them to the Minister shall be deemed
to have been given by the owner of the copyright to the Minister.

(3) That section shall have effect as if it formed part of the Customs Act.3



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1 1990 Revised Edition, Cap. 60 – Acts 4 of 1917, 4 of 1918, LN 16/1972
2 NOTE: Section 22 of the Copyright Act 1956 of the United Kingdom reads as follows —
22 Provision for restricting importation of printed copies
(1) The owner of the copyright in any published literary, dramatic or musical work may give notice

in writing to the Commissioners of Customs and Excise (in this section referred to as “the
Commissioners”)

(a) that he is the owner of the copyright in the work, and
(b) that he requests the Commissioners, during a period specified in the notice, to treat as

prohibited goods copies of the work to which this section applies:
Provided that the period specified in a notice under this subsection shall not exceed five years

and shall not extend beyond the end of the period for which the copyright is to subsist.
(2) This section applies, in the case of a work, to any printed copy made outside the United

Kingdom which, if it had been made in the United Kingdom, would be an infringing copy of the
work.

(3) Where a notice has been given under this section in respect of a work, and has not been
withdrawn, the importation into the United Kingdom, at a time before the end of the period
specified in the notice, of any copy of the work to which this section applies shall, subject to the
following provisions of this section, be prohibited:

Provided that this subsection shall not apply to the importation of any article by a person for his
private and domestic use.

(4) The Commissioners may make regulations prescribing the form in which notices are to be given
under this section, and requiring a person giving such a notice, either at the time of giving the
notice or at the time when the goods in question are imported, or at both those times, to furnish
the Commissioners with such evidence, and to comply with such other conditions (if any), as
may be specified in the regulations may include such incidental and supplementary provisions as
the Commissioners consider expedient for the purposes of this section.

(5) Without prejudice to the generality of the last preceding subsection, regulations made under that
subsection may include provision for requiring a person who has given a notice under subsection
(1) of this section, or a notice purporting to be a notice under that subsection, —

(a) to pay such fees in respect of the notice as may be prescribed by the regulations;
(b) to give to the Commissioners such security as may be so prescribed, in respect of any

liability or expense which they may incur in consequence of the detention, at any time
within the period specified in the regulations; and any such specified in the notice, of any
copy of the work to which the notice relates, or in consequence of anything done in relation
to a copy so detained;

(c) whether any such security is given or not, to keep the Commissioners indemnified against
any such liability or expense as is mentioned in the last preceding paragraph.

(6) For the purposes of section 11 of the Customs and Excise Act 1952 (which relates to the
disposal of duties), any fees paid in pursuance of regulations made under this section shall be
treated as money collected on account of customs.

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(7) Notwithstanding anything in the Customs and Excise Act 1952, a person shall not be liable to

any penalty under that Act (other than forfeiture of the goods) by reason that any goods are
treated as prohibited goods by virtue of this section.


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