The Press and Registration of Books Act,1867
[ACT NO. 25 OF 1867]
An Act for the regulation of Printing presses and Newspapers, for the preservation of copies of books 2[and newspapers] printed in 3[India], and for the registration of such books 2[and newspapers].
WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the regulation of printing-
Presses and of 4[newspapers], for the preservation of 5[* * *] copies of 6[every boc4c and newspaper printed in India and for the registration of such books and newspapers];
1. Short title given by the Indian Short Titles Act,1897 (14 of 1897).
For Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gazette of India,1867 P. 191; and for Proceedings in Council, see Gazette of India, Supplement, pp. 72,156 and 299.
This Act was declared by the Laws Local Extent Act,1874 (15 of 1874), sec. 3 to be in force in all the Provinces of India, except the Scheduled Districts.
It has been applied to the Santhal Parganas by the Santhal Parganas Settlement Regulation (3 of 1872), see. 3; to the Khondmals District by the Khondmals Laws Regulation,1936 (4 of 1936), sec. 3 and Sch.; and to the Angul District by the Angul Laws Regulation,1936 (5 of 1936), sec. 3 and Sch.
It has been extended to Goa, Daman and Diu with modifications by Regulation 12 of 1962, sec. 3 and Sch.; to Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Regulation 6 of 1963, sec. 2 and Sch. I (w.e.f. 1-7-1965) and to Pondicherry by Regulation 7 of 1963, sec. 3 and Sch. I (w.e.f. 1-10-1963).
It has been applied by notification under sec. 3(a) of the Scheduled Districts Act,1874 (14 of 1874), to the following Scheduled Districts, namely:-
The Territory of Penit, see Gazette of India,1887, Pt. 1, p.,144 (Peint is now no longer a Scheduled District, and all the enactments in force in the Nasik District of the Bombay Presidency, among them Act 25 of 1867, are now in force in this territory), see the Peint Laws Act,1894 (Bom. Act 2 of 1894);
The Island of Perim, see Gazette of India,1887, Pt. I, p. 5;
That portion of the Jalpaiguri District which was formerly the Jalpaiguri Sub-division and now forms the western portion of the District of Jalpaiguri and extends as far east as the Teesta River, the hills west of the Teesta River in the District of Darji1ling, the Darjiling Tarai, the Damson Sub-division of the Darjiling District, the Districts of Hazaribagh, Lohardaga [now called the Ranchi District, see Calcutta Gazette,1899, Pt. I. p.44] and Manbhum, and Paragana Dhalbhum and the Kolhan in the District of Singhbhum, see Gazette of India,1881, Pt. I, pp. 74 and 504; the Western Duars of the Jaipaiguri District, see Gazette of India 1910, Pt. I, P. 1160;
The Districts of Kumaon and Garhwal, see Gazette of India,1876, Pt. 1. P. 605;
The scheduled portion of the Mirzapur District, see Gazette of India,1879, Pt. I, p. 383;
Pargana Jaunsar Bawar in the Dehra Dun District, see Gazette of India,1897, Pt, I, p. 382;
The Districts of Kamrup, Nowgong, Darrang, Sibsagar, Lakimpur, Golpara (excluding the Eastern Duars) and Cachar (excluding the North Cachar Hills), see Gazette of India,1878, Pt. I, P. 533;
The Garo Hills, the Khasi and Jaintia Hills, the Naga Hills, the North Cachar Hills in the Cachar District, and the Eastern Duars in the Goalpara District, see Gazette of India,1897, Pt. I, P. 299.
It has been declared by notification under sec. 3(b) of the Scheduled Districts Act,1874 (14 of 1874) not to be in force in the Scheduled District of Lahaul in the Punjab, see Gazette of India,1886, Pt. 1, P. 301
It has been extended, by notification under sec. 5 of the Sch eduled Districts Act,1874 (14 of 1874), to the Tarai District of the Province of Agra, see Gazette of India,1876 Pt. 1, P. 506, to the District of Coorg, see Gazette of India 1918, Pt. 11, P. 1730.
It has also been extended to Berar by the Berar Laws Act,1941 (4 of 1941).
It has been amended in its application to Andhra by Andhra Act 8 of 1960;Madras by Madras Acts 24 of 1948 and 14 of 1960, and
Punjab by Punjab Acts 14 of 1942,25 of 1950 and 15 of 1957; Mysore by Mysore Act 10 of 1972; and Himachal Pradesh by Himachal Pradesh Act 17 of 1974.
2. Ins. by Act 55 of 1955, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 1-7-1956).
3. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, sec. 3 and Sch., for “the whole of India except Part B States” .
4. Subs. by Act 35 of 1950, sec. 3 and Sch. 11, for “periodicals containing news” .
5. The word “three” omitted by Act 10 of 1890 sec. 1.
6. Subs. by Act 55 of 1955, sec. 3, for “every book printed or lithographed in India and for the registration of such books” (w.e.f 1-7-1956).
It is hereby enacted as follows: –
Section 1. Interpretation-clause
1[(1)] In this Act, unless there shall be something repugnant in the subject or context, –
“Book” includes every volume, part or division of a volume, and pamphlet, in any language, and every sheet of music, map, chart or plan separately printed 2[* * *]
3[* * *]
4[“Editor” means the person who controls the selection of the matter that is published in a newspaper;]
5[* * *]
“Magistrate” means any person exercising the full powers of a 6Magistrate, and includes a 7Magistrate of police 8[* * *];
9[“Newspaper” means any printed periodical work containing public news or comments on public news;]
10[* * *]
11[“Paper” means any document, including a newspaper, other than a book;
“Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made by the Central Government under section 20A;
“Press Registrar” means the Registrar of newspapers for India appointed by the Central Government under section 19A and includes any other person appointed by the Central Government to perform all or any of the functions of the Press Registrar;
“Printing” includes cyclostyling and printing by lithography;
“Register” means the Register of newspapers maintained under section 19B.]
12[(2) Any reference in this Act to any law which is not in force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir shall, in relation to that State, be construed as a reference to the corresponding law in force in that State.]
1. Section 1 re-numbered as sub-section (1) thereof by Act 16 of 1965, sec. 2 (w.e.f 1-1 1-1965).
2. The words “or lithographed” omitted by Act 55 of 1955, sec. 4 (w.e.f 1-7-1956).
3. Definition of “British India” rep. by the A.0. 1937 see now the definition in sec. 3 (5) of the General Clauses Act,1897 (10 of 1897).
4. Ins. by Act 14 of 1922, sec. 3 and Sch. 1.
5. Definition of ‘India” omitted by Act 16 of 1965, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 1-1 1-1965).
6. Now Magistrate of the first class, see the Code of Criminal Procedure,1973 (2 of 1974).
7. Now Presidency Magistrate, see Code of Criminal Procedure,1973 (2 of 1974).
8. The words “and a Justice of the Peace” rep. by Act IO of 1890, sec.2.
9. Ins. by Act 14 of 1922, sec.3 and Sch,1.
10. Paragraphs relating to the definitions of “Number” and “Gender” rep. by Act 10 of 1914, sec.3 and Sch. 11; definition of “Local Government” rep. by the A.0. 1937 and the definition of “States”
ins. by the A.0. 1950 was rep. by Act 3 o f 195 1, sec.3 and Sch.
11. Ins. by Act 55 of 1955, sec. 4 (w.e.f. 1-7-1956).
12. Ins. by Act 16 1965, sec.2 (w.e.f 1-1 1-1965).