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GUEST,T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird) 7/7 quote-value of public domain-spontaneity (2) 7/7 quote on value of public domain 07 Jul 00

"We must be careful not to allow legitimate concerns about the intellectual property of musicians, composers, arrangers and record companies to get in the way of the spontaneity of traditional music or the degree to which it is a common tradition and to which no authorship may be ascribed. It is a changing tradition with new compositions, with music dying and being changed and with what was regarded as a traditional instrument changing. It would be very wrong to prescribe too tightly rules to protect most people but which would take away the right of ordinary people to play music which they have been playing all their lives."
--Senator Brendan Ryan, during debate on the Irish copyright bill in the Seanad Eireann, May 6, 1999

The words "public domain" nowhere occur in this statement ("public domain" having a slightly different meaning in the Islands) but I think the meaining is clear even so.

A transcript of the May 6, 1999 debate begins here.

Senator Ryan's remarks are one the next page of the transcript.

Also of interest are Senator Norris's remarks about the James Joyce estate and Senator Ó Murchú's remarks about traditional music.


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