Chace Act Law and Legal Definition

Chace Act is an 1891 statute giving U.S. copyright protection to the citizens of other nations that in turn gave a similar degree of reciprocal protection to U.S. citizens. The Act is named after Senator Jonathan Chace of Rhode Island. The Act was passed on March 3, 1891, by the 51st Congress. The Act was invoked by presidential order or by treaty, primarily with European countries. Under the Act's manufacturing clause, English-language books and other printed matter had to be produced in the U.S. or Canada in order to qualify for domestic protection.

Chace Act is also known as the 1891 Copyright Amendment Act or the International Copyright Act.