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News number: 8709251101

15:16 | 2008-12-15


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Iranian Musicians Condemn Copyright Infringement

TEHRAN (FNA)- A meeting on the infringement and limitation of intellectual ownership rights in Iran was held on the sidelines of the Fajr International Music Festival at the Iranian Artists Forum on Saturday.

At the conference, the head of Hermes Music Recording Company Ramin Sediqi commented on misunderstandings by musicians over intellectual ownership that causes several problems.

According to MNA, he went on to say that sometimes artists make false claims about their production and sometimes they are unaware of the rights they have concerning their works.

Pointing to the composition "Kalider," which was inspired by Mahmud Dowlatabadi's renowned novel of the same title, Sediqi lamented that some artists accused "Kalidar" composer Mohammadreza Darvishi of plagiarism.

"In music, we are permitted to draw inspirations from books if we do not use specific words from the work and do not quote any part of it in our musical composition," he mentioned.

Law expert Hassan Mirhosseini also attended the seminar and said that the law protecting intellectual property rights, whose penalty for those convicted is three years in prison, was approved by the Iranian parliament in 1970.

"We have problems in execution of the law in Iran and unfortunately, the law is not protected by any sanctions. There is no official organization to prosecute the offenders and people are generally unaware of these laws," he added.

He stressed the importance of Iran joining the international copyright treaties, which will not only force individuals to shoulder their responsibility for intellectual property rights but also Iran's government.

"Contrary to what most people assume about the vocalist as the rightful owner of a musical piece, according to intellectual ownership rights the composer and the lyricist have their own rights," Sediqi said.

The 24th Fajr International Music Festival is currently underway at several different concert halls and cultural centers in Tehran and Shiraz, and will continue through December 12 in Shiraz and December 16 in Tehran.