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Section 4 – The Press and Registration of Books Act,1867

The Press and Registration of Books Act,1867

Section 4. Keeper of printing press to make declaration

1[(1)] No person shall within 2[India], keep in his possession any press for the printing of books or papers, who shall not have made and subscribed the following declaration before 3[the District, Presidency or Sub divisional Magistrate] within whose local jurisdiction such press may be:

“I, A.B., declare that I have a press for printing at. –

And this last blank shall be filled up with a true and precise description of the place where such press may be situate.

4[(2)] As often as the place where a press is kept is changed, a new declaration shall be necessary:

Provided that where the change is for a period not exceeding sixty days and the place where the press is kept after the change is within the local jurisdiction of the Magistrate referred to in sub-section (1), no new declaration shall be necessary if-

(a) A statement relating to the change is furnished to the said Magistrate within twenty four hours thereof, and

(b) The keeper of the press continues to be the same.]


1. Section 4 re-numbered as sub-section (1) of that section by Act 55 of 1955, sec.5 (w.e.f. 1-7-1956).

2. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, sec.3 and Sch., for “the States” .

3. Subs. by Act 56 of 195 1, sec.36, for “the Magistrate” (w.e.f. 1-2-1952).

4. Ins. by Act 55 of 1955, sec.5 (w.e.f. 1-7-1956).

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