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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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      During the course of the year general assemblies may be convoked, albeit for a special purpose, upon a request
lodged with the Syndicate by at least twenty-five members of the Society.
      The general assemblies are to be presided by the President or the Vice-President of the Syndicate, whose
members shall make up the Committee of the general assembly.
      The general assembly is to settle all questions which are referred to it by the Syndicate. It shall appoint the
members of the Syndicate; hold elections to be decided by a majority vote on the basis of the rising or remaining
seated of the members of the Society in attendance; approve the annual accounts, for the examination of which it is
entitled, if it deems it appropriate, to appoint in advance, from one year to the next, a commission of five members
chosen from amongst its own ranks.
      The appointment of members of the Syndicate shall take place by voting on a list of candidates, by an absolute
majority for the first round of voting and by relative majority for all subsequent rounds.
      The proceedings of the assembly are to be recorded in a register by the President and the Committee, who are
to affix their signatures thereto.
      In the absence of the aforementioned President and Vice-Presidents, one of the members will preside over the
      The general assembly will be convoked by means of sending out letters to members' places of residence; and it
may legitimately determine the number of members who are present, save for the exceptions resulting from Articles
25 and 29 below.

Regarding the dissolution and winding up of the Society

      ART. 25 – If, at the end of each five-year period, starting from the constitution of the Society (1 March, 1851,
Art. 3), and in the month immediately preceding this term of expiry, the institution of liquidation proceedings has
not been requested by two thirds of the members, the Society will be successively carried on for a further period
of five years, without the need for any formalities or deliberation by the Society to decide on this.
      In that case the Society will continue to operate in accordance with the same statutes, and the Syndicate as
well as the Agent-General will continue to exercise their duties.

      ART. 26 – The Society is not to be dissolved upon the natural or civil death, suspension, subjection to trusteeship,
declaration of bankruptcy, exclusion or resignation (voluntary or decreed) of any one or several of its members - it will
continue to operate on behalf of the other members.
      The revenue from deductions which a member who ceases to form part of the Society, has discharged in compliance
with Art. 5, as well as his part in the common fund, will accrue to the Society.
      Royalties that are collected for unknown authors, composers or publishers will, after a year and one day have passed
without these being claimed by anyone, are to devolve to the Society and paid into the common fund.

      ART. 27 – In the case that the Society's income fails to cover its expenses, the Syndicate must convene a general
assembly extraordinarily, and the latter will decide, after hearing the Syndicate's, whether the Society is to be dissolved.
      However, if the general assembly decides against dissolution, any member of the Society who wishes to is entitled
to leave it.


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