Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Estonia

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Estonia

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In August 2007 a delegation of 28 Estonian music librarians took part in the Second Baltic-Nordic music Library Meeting, Music--Politics--Libraries, held in Helsinki. There were also two presentations from Estonia: Kaie Viigipuu told about the current copyright situation in terms of lending sound recordings and videos from libraries and Kadri Steinbach introduced the project of integrating Naxos Music Library records into OPAC.

In October there was a small training course on making home pages. The larger aim was to prepare for redesigning our Branch's homepage. Preparations for our new home page structure and design began in November and we hope to launch our new site this autumn.

In past few years we have reported about our continuing struggle with neighbouring rights holders about the right to lend sound and video recordings from libraries. It has been like a roller coaster ride with several ups and downs.

Last spring the Ministry of Culture prepared a draft of amendments to the Copyright Act which looked very promising. We were also asked for comment and approval. By August it has changed dramatically--obviously "thanks" to the lobby of rightholders there was proposed one-year embargo period both for home lending and in-house-use! Well, the struggle started all over again.

We wrote a protest letter to the Minister of Culture and before the draft went to Parlia - ment, we contacted Culture Com mission of the Parliament and all political parties represented in the Parliament. As a result of that, we were asked to meet representatives of the leading Parliament party and participated in two meetings of the Culture Commission to explain our concerns and propose solutions.

Finally we reached to a compromise with music rightholders and the commission accepted that compromise. …

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