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Colonial CopyrightIntellectual Property in Mandate Palestine$
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Michael D. Birnhack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661138.001.0001

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Copyright on the Air

Copyright on the Air

(p.190) 8 Copyright on the Air
Colonial Copyright

Michael D Birnhack

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 discusses the copyright issues related to the establishing of the governmental radio station in Palestine, the Palestine Broadcasting Service (PBS), which started broadcasting in late March 1936. The PBS was a governmental station, thus, it was a foreign player who implemented copyright law, mostly to the benefit of other foreign players, namely the Performing Rights Society (PRS). An important player in this story was the BBC that advised the Colonial Office in all its decisions regarding the PBS. Copyright issues were raised in two contexts: first, as to the broadcasting itself, which included the public performance of recorded or live music and also as to subsequent public performances. Second, the British deployed a rural broadcasting scheme, in which the government provided radio sets to villages. This project raised complex copyright issues, and also exposes the differential treatment of local, especially Arab, music.

Keywords:   Palestine Broadcasting Service, PBS, BBC, Performing Rights Society, PRS, radio, broadcasting, public performance, rural broadcasting

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