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SACEM's act of constitution, Paris (1851)

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SACEM's act of constitution, Paris (1851), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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      The twelve founding members of the Society, who are currently acting as the Syndicate, shall continue to
act in this capacity for a whole year, starting from 1 March 1851, i.e. until 1 March 1852, at which point a meeting
of the members of the Society will be held in order to decide on the successors of the outgoing members of the
Syndicate, as is outlined in Art. 12 below.
      Art. 12 – The Syndicate shall be nominated by the general assembly of members of the Society, and will be
made up, as explained above, of twelve members elected for four years, whereby one quarter of the posts, taken
from each of the three categories, are to be filled afresh every year.
      The members who are to leave the Syndicate will be drawn by lots except where a member has completed
four years of service on the Syndicate.
      Any member leaving the Syndicate who has served in it for four years, may not be re-elected until an interval
of one year has passed.
      In the case of the resignation or decease of a member, his successor will be chosen by the Syndicate for the
category to which that member had belonged, subject to the approval of the general assembly at its next meeting.
      If all members of the Syndicate wish to resign, they can only do this in the general assembly, which will
immediately proceed to draw up a new Syndicate. In such a case, the resigning members may be re-elected, and
the obligatory annual retirement of a quarter of these will continue to be regulated by the drawing of lots at the
general assembly.
      In the case of a partial resignation tendered at the general assembly, the successor will be nominated by the
general assembly, so that he may complete the term of service of the resigning member.
      Provided that, as a result of decease or partial resignations which might take place in the interval between
general assemblies, the quorum of the Syndicate does not fall below nine, the Syndicate may legitimately continue
its tasks without having to arrange for replacements, or, alternatively, it can replace the resigning or deceased
members with those members of the Society who obtained the most votes at the last election.
      Those members who fail to attend meetings of the Syndicate over a period of more than two months,
without an excuse that is judged legitimate by the Syndicate, shall be regarded as having resigned their posts.
      In the case of decease or grave illness of more than three members, the Syndicate must arrange to have
them replaced immediately, so that the quorum of at least nine members is met.

      ART. 13 – The following members of the Society may not form part of the Syndicate: managers, directors,
or orchestra conductors at public venues or enterprises which have had, or are having, dealings with the Society.
      Those members of the Syndicate who in the course of exercising their duties find themselves in a position
whereby the above cause for exclusion applies to them, shall be regarded as resigning from the Syndicate.

      ART. 14 – Resolutions of the Syndicate will be carried by a majority of the members thereof who are
      The Syndicate may only legitimately proceed to vote on resolutions when a quorum of at least six members
are present. If an evenly split vote should occur, the vote of the President will be decisive.


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