Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Copyright Committee

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Copyright Committee

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The Copyright Committee held two meetings at this conference. On Monday morning the first meeting opened with a paper about recent changes in copyright laws in Russia by Emilia Rassina (P. I. Tchaiko vsky Moscow State Conservatoire). As the author was unable to be present, Richard Chesser kindly presented it. The paper explained that where there was a conflict between the national law of any member state of the Russian Federation and international legislation, then the international provisions took precedence. On 1 January 2008, the State Duma adopted Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, which deals with intellectual property. It, of course, takes stock of recent technological advancements and sadly one can see the familiar trend that these are being used to enforce stricter rights in favour of authors to the detriment of the interest of libraries and their readers. Sadly this legislation did not take the opportunity to adopt the concept of 'fair dealing' or 'fair use' which exists in other countries. Licensed use of protected works, through properly regulated collective agencies, does have certain advantages, in that at least there is contractual clarity about what use is permitted, and the burden of ensuring that authors' rights are properly protected is taken by the agency rather than the individual.

The second topic of this session concerned the survey on copyright issues in music libraries, begun by the Committee in 2003, which is now published on the IAML website on the pages devoted to copyright. At present the survey includes information from seventeen countries: US, Canada, several European countries, China and Japan. New contacts have been established with Greece, Russia, and Switzerland. …

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