Amended music publishers' agreement against piracy, Leipzig (1830)

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Amended music publishers' agreement against piracy, Leipzig (1830), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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            At the conference which was held today, the undersigned have
decided to append the following additional clauses to the Convention of
23rd May 1829 - which, incidentally, is to remain valid in all its
entirety - in order to strengthen the agreement even more and to
define it in more detail. After thorough consideration they have
therefore determined that:

§ 1.

      Leipzig will be the headquarters of the Union Against
Piracy: the music publishing firms which are based in this city,
namely Messrs Breitkopf & Härtel, Wilhelm Härtel, Hofmeister, Peters
and Probst, together with Messrs Schott in Mainz and Mr Haslinger in
Vienna (the latter provided that all of Vienna’s music publishers
join the Union), are to form a Committee which will represent
the Union, discuss the matters which come up, and take the
necessary measures.

§ 2.

      Mr Hofmeister has been chosen as the Secretary of this Committee.
He will take care of correspondence, and is hereby authorized to
represent the Union in judicial proceedings and in all other
affairs, namely to collect the stipulated fines for and in the name
of the Union, and in general to take all measures that are
necessary to achieve its purpose, exactly as if he had the fullest
possible power of attorney which is herewith delegated to him. In all
this, however, he must act in exact accordance with the resolutions
of the Leipzig Committee and, at the annual meeting, must submit to
the Union an account of the funds of which he is treasurer and
of the business he has conducted on its behalf.

§ 3.

      The 50 louis-d’or fine which was stipulated in the Convention of
23rd May 1829 is to be paid not into the poor-box of the violator’s
place of residence, as it says there, but, rather, into the Union’s
treasury, i.e. to the Secretary who will collect the fine on behalf of
the Union.

    


                  DIE ENDESUNTERZEICHNETEN
haben sich in der heute gehaltenen Conferenz bewogen gefunden, der bereits
geschlossenen Convertional-Acte vom 23ten Mai 1829, die übrigens in allem
ihre volle Gültigkeit behalten soll, folgende Zusatz-Artikel zu geben, um
den Verein desto mehr zu befestigen und näher zu bestimmen. Sie setzen
daher nach reiflicher Überlegung fest:

§ 1.

      Leipzig soll der Centralpunkt des Vereins gegen Nachdruck seyn,
die daselbst befindlichen Musikhandlungen, und zwar die Herren Breitkopf
& Härtel, Wilhelm Härtel, Hofmeister, Peters und Probst, sollen in Ver-
bindung mit den Herren Schott in Mainz und Herrn Haslinger in Wien,
letzterem in der Voraussetzung, dass sämtliche Wiener Herren Verleger
dem Vereine beitreten, eine Commité bilden, die den Verein repräsentirt,
die vorkommenden Angelegenheiten berathet und die nöthigen Maasregeln
verfügt.

§ 2.

      Aus dieser Commité ist Herr Hofmeister als Secretair erwählt, der
die Correspondence besorgt, und hiermit beauftragt seyn soll, in allen
Vorkommenheiten gerichtlich und außergerichtlich für den Verein zu handeln,
namentlich die festgesetzten Strafen im Namen und für den Verein
einzuziehen, auch sonst alle Maasregeln zur Beförderung des Zweckes zu
ergreifen, so als wenn er hierzu die ausgedehnteste Vollmacht, die man
ihm hiermit überträgt, besässe. Er hat sich aber in allem diesen nach den
Beschlüssen der Leipziger Commité genau zu richten und dem Vereine in der
jährlichen Versammlung über die anvertraute Casse und seine Geschäftsführung
Rechenschaft zu geben.

§ 3.

      Die in der Conventional-Acte vom 23. Mai 1829 festgesetzte Strafe von
50 Louisd’or soll nicht, wie es daselbst heißt, an die Armenkasse im Wohnorte
der Übertreter, sondern an die Kasse des Vereins, und für diese an den Secretair
des Vereins nach Wechselrecht gezahlt werden. Der Anspruch auf

    

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