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Royal Order on Music Copyright , Madrid (1837)

Source: Archivo Histórico Nacional; AHN, Consejos, 11404, Exp. 056

Royal Order on Music Copyright , Madrid (1837), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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      Section 4th

                        Several music teachers have indicated
                        to Your Majesty the Governing Queen the need for
                        a regulation that protects the ownership of their
                        original works of art. These tend to be recorded and
                        performed in theatres without the authors’ permission;
                        and if Your Majesty were to consider that productions
                        of this kind deserve the same protection as literary works
                        as they are all the fruit of imagination and understanding,
                        that it be declared that all current regulations with regard
                        to printing written documents be extensive to engraving
                        musical compositions. Orders should also be given for
                        their observance, pursuant to the Royal Orders of 5 May
                        1837,and 8 April last, for performing dramatic pieces:
                        all this should be understood while the Spanish Parliament
                        passes the draft bill that will be submitted on the different
                        parts of literary and artistic property. By Royal Order,
                        I hereby notify Your Majesty for your intelligence
                        and corresponding effects. May God save your Majesty many
                        years. Madrid, 9 May 1839


      4ª Seccion

                        Varios profesores de música han hecho
                        presente a S.M. la Reina Gobernadora la ne-
                        cesidad de una disposición que ampare la propie
                        dad de las obras originales de su arte, las cuales
                         suelen, sin permiso de los autores, grabarse y re-
                        presentarse en los teatros; y considerando S. M. que
                        las producciones de esta clase merecen igual pro-
                        tección que las literarias por ser todas fruto de la
                        imaginación y del entendimiento, se ha servido
                        declarar que todas las disposiciones vijentes con
                        respecto a la impresión de los escritos son estensi-
                        vas al grabado de las composiciones de música;
                        mandando además que se observe en cuanto á
                         ellas lo prevenido en Reales órdenes de 5 de Mayo
                        de 1837, y de 8 de Abril último para la representación
                        de las piezas dramáticas: entendiéndose todo mien-
                        tras las Cortes aprueban el proyecto de lei que se
                         les presentara sobre la propiedad literaria y ar-
                        tística en sus diferentes partes. De Real órden
                         lo digo a VS para su inteligencia y efectos corres-
                        pondientes. Dios guarde a VS muchos años. Ma-
                        drid 9 de Mayo de 1839.

      Sr. Jefe político de


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