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Music publishers' agreement to ban reprinting, Leipzig (1829)

Source: Sächsisches Staatsarchiv Leipzig

Music publishers' agreement to ban reprinting, Leipzig (1829), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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      The contracting parties pledge themselves in the most binding manner to
the content of §§ 1 and 2, and on pain of a penalty for non-fulfillment of
50 louis-d'or which in the case of an infringement they promise to pay into
the poor-box of their place of residence in accordance with exchange law.


      This agreement does not have any retrospective effect: rather, it is to
come into force from the present moment. It should also be mentioned that those
colleagues who do not join the association cannot make any claims whatsoever to
the advantages ensuing from membership or to the provisions for protection
contained in this charter of association. However, they are certainly entitled
to join at a later point, and in that case their adhesion will be announced to
the other contracting parties.


      Since all the contracting parties agree unanimously to honour their commitments
inviolably and to accept all the mutual promises and concessions involved, they
also agree to renounce all the usual excuses that are made in cases of non-fulfillment:
that is, such excuses as having been precipitated or persuaded, or misunderstandings,
errors of judgement, and any others that might be thought up or feigned. In proof of
which the present contract has been drawn up and signed personally by each of the
contracting parties.
                                                                  Thus done at Leipzig, 23 May 1829

C.F. Peters at Leipzig.                                                Breitkopf & Härtel.
Friedrich Hofmeister.                                                on behalf of H. Simrock from Bonn.
Joh. Aug Böhme from Hamburg.                        Fr. Simrock.
August Cranz from Hamburg.                              Fr. Laue from Berlin.
Joh. Pet. Spehr from Braunschweig.                  C.A. Simon from Posen.
Fr. Ph. Dunst from Frankfurt-am-Main.            Ad. Mt. Schlesinger from Berlin.
Gottfr. Mart. Meyer jr. from Braunschw.            C.F. Whistling.
H. A. Probst, signs this on the                                    W=m Härtel on the same proviso
proviso that the declarations specified                        as Herr Probst.
in § 2 can be made privately                                          Carl Brüggemann from Halberstadt.
through letters, and that he is not
obliged to publish them in the newspapers.



      Zum Inhalt der § 1. und 2. verpflichten sich die Herren Contrahenten
aufs Bündigste und bei einer Conventionalstrafe von 50 Louisd’or, die sie
im Übertretungsfall an die Armencasse ihres Orts nach Wechselrecht zu
bezahlen versprechen.


      Die Vereinigung hat keine rückwirkende Kraft, sondern tritt erst von
jetzt ins Leben. Übrigens haben diejenigen Herren, welche dem Verein nicht
beitreten auf die daraus hervorgehenden Vortheile und darin enthaltenen
Schutzbestimmungen keine Ansprüche; doch bleibt es ihnen freigestellt, später
noch beizutreten und soll dann den übrigen Contrahenten der erfolgte Beitritt
angezeigt werden.


      Da sämmtliche Herren Contrahenten hiermit einig sind, sich die unverbrüchliche
Festhaltung zusagen und die gegenseitigen An= und Zugelöbnisse wechselseitig annehmen,
so entsagen sie auch allen dagegen zu machenden Ausflüchten; als: der Übereilung,
Überredung, des Miß= und Nichtverstandes, des Irrthums und wie sie sonst erdacht oder
vorgeschützt werden möchten. Urkundlich ist darüber gegenwärtiger Contract gefertigt
und von den Contrahenten eigenhändig unterschrieben worden.
                                                                  So geschehen Leipzig, den 23 Mai 1829

C.F. Peters in Leipzig.                                                Breitkopf & Härtel.
Friedrich Hofmeister.                                                per procura H. Simrock aus Bonn.
Joh. Aug Böhme aus Hamburg.                        Fr. Simrock.
August Cranz aus Hamburg.                              Fr. Laue aus Berlin.
Joh. Pet. Spehr aus Braunschweig.                  C.A. Simon aus Posen.
Fr. Ph. Dunst aus Frankfurt a/m.                        Ad. Mt. Schlesinger aus Berlin.
Gottfr. Mart. Meyer jr. a. Braunschw.                  C.F. Whistling.
H. A. Probst, unterschreibt mit                                    W=m Härtel unter dem von Herrn
Vorbehalt die Anzeigen im § 2. privatim                  Probst eingegangenen Vorbehalt.
durch Briefe abmachen zu können u.                        Carl Brüggemann aus Halberstadt.
nicht an die Zeitungen gebunden zu seyn.


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