Supreme Court on Music Copyright, Madrid (1877)

Source: Archivo del Tribunal Supremo; Id. Cendoj: 28079120011877100068

Supreme Court on Music Copyright, Madrid (1877), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Spanish Supreme Court on Music Copyright

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Sentencia de la sala de lo Penal del Tribunal Supremo de doce de Febrero de mil ochocientos setenta y siete

This appeal was concerned with music copyright in relation to the musical and choreographic ingredients of an opera acquired by the music publisher Vidal y Roger. The publisher had appealed against the lower court’s decision that that there was no copyright infringement committed by Emilio Vives and Juan Budó, who had composed and published an “opera buffa” of the same title. The Spanish Supreme Court ruled against the music publisher and confirmed the lack of copyright infringement. Two aspects of the case are interesting. Firstly, the appearance of expert witnesses to produce musical comparisons. Secondly, though the court made no explicit statement on the issue, its ruling implicitly recognized that parodies could not constitute an infringement of copyright.

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1877

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Archivo del Tribunal Supremo; Id. Cendoj: 28079120011877100068

Persons referred to:
Angulo, Eugenio de
Boada, Luciano
Bravo, Emilio
Budó, Juan
Fernández Cano, Diego
González Nandin, Sebastián
Lecocq, Charles
León, Manuel
Pantoja, José María
Vidal y Roger Vidal y Roger, Andrés
Vives , Emilio
Zorrilla, Miguel

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Supreme Court of Spain

Code of Criminal Procedure (1872)
Criminal Code (1870)
Franco-Spanish Bilateral Copyright Agreement (1854)
Literary Property Act (1847)

dramatico-musical works, protected subject matter
music, protected subject matter

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