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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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right which they have already assigned by virtue of the present, namely: the right to prohibit or allow the
public performance of their works.

Regarding the Agent-General

      ART. 21 – The Syndicate is authorized to choose a mandatory who shall bear the title of Agent-General.
      The functions of the Agent-General comprise no more than a mandate and are essentially revocable, in those
cases that have been envisaged by the Syndicate, at the time of the Agent's appointment. These responsibilities consist
of managing and administering the Society in a general and complete manner, in accordance with the instructions
received from the Syndicate.
      And in particular he is entrusted with:
      1° Ensuring that all resolutions adopted by the Syndicate are executed;
      2° Keeping the records and accounts of the Society, and taking care of all necessary correspondence regarding the
collection of royalties or receipts;
      3° Overseeing, in collaboration with the Treasurer, the Society's common fund.
      Any accounts held by the Society in banks or cash depositories or with public administrations must be registered
in the name of the Treasurer and the Agent-General, and the withdrawal of sums deposited there may only be undertaken
by these two in conjunction;
      4° Collecting the royalties due to members of the Society for musical works performed in Paris or in the départements
or abroad, as well as membership fees; appointing any necessary agents in the provinces and abroad to act under his
      5° Determining the conditions of partition of royalties and paying out the share that is due to each member of
the Society, having obtained beforehand the Syndicate's approval.
      6° Keeping track of, and instituting all legal proceedings and actions which shall have been authorized by the
Syndicate; and ensuring that these are seen through or waived, as the case may be;
      7° So as to obtain all possible assistance and authorizations, he is to submit all the necessary petitions and, in
General, to do everything that the circumstances require for upholding the interests of the Society.

      ART. 22 – The Agent-General may only collect royalties, be it in Paris, or the départements, or abroad, on behalf
of members of the Society. Nevertheless, he is authorized to cash in royalties due to authors, composers and publishers
of music for whom he is already acting as a mandatory, provided that he secures the Syndicate's formal approval in
writing and that he does this in the name of the Society.
      He is not allowed to acquire for himself any authorial royalties or publisher's copyrights [propriété d'éditeur],
nor may he carry on any business whatsoever with such royalties and rights.

      ART. 23 – (1) M. Léopold ROLLOT is appointed to the post of Agent-General of the Society, for the whole
duration of this Society.

Regarding general assemblies

      ART. 24 – Each year the members of the Society shall come together for a general assembly on the day
announced by the Syndicate and at its request.
      In the course of the year extraordinary general assemblies may be convoked on the strength of resolutions adopted
by the Syndicate and at its request.

(1) This agent was discharged on 19 March 1880 and replaced, on 1 October 1880, by M. Victor


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