Copyright on the Air

Michael D Birnhack

in Colonial Copyright

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661138
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746147 | DOI:
Copyright on the Air

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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

Chapter.  11654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Law

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