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,

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Royal Order extending the protection to musical compositions

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Real orden haciendo extensiva la Real orden de 5 de mayo de 1837 sobre obras dramáticas al grabado de las composiciones de música

A few months after dramatists achieved copyright recognition, a group of composers in Madrid also requested copyright protection from the Queen Regent, Maria Cristina. Their associative network was not directly grounded in theatrical practices but could be explained as a consequence of the regulatory inertia on copyright and the connection already established between the monarchy and the Royal Conservatory. It is not a surprise, then, that they also succeeded in their lobbying endeavour: the decree on dramatic property was extended to cover music.

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Related documents in this database:
1813: Rules to preserve the property of authors over their works
1837: Royal Order on Dramatic Copyright
1847: Literary Property Act
1877: Supreme Court on Music Copyright

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Year: 1837

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

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

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Albéniz y Basanta, Pedro
Diez, Juan
Saldoni, Baltasar

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Royal Order on the Representation of Dramatic Works (1837)

dramatic works, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter

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