RIDA 129 | 07-1986
1. On 14 March 1985, the Official Journal published Ordinance N° 63/85 by which the Portuguese Government approved the new Code on Copyright and Neighboring Rights (*), these latter being introduced for the first time in Portuguese legislation. This approval marked the culmination of a lengthy process, begun in 1977 with the establishment, at the Ministry of Culture, of an Interministerial Working Group charged with revising the Code in force since 1966 and drafting the text of a new copyright law, taking into account not only the profound changes that have occurred in the field at the international level, but also those resulting in Portugal from the political events of 1974.
The readers of RIDA were informed of the Working Group's progress up to 1980, a brief account of it having been given in an article published in issue 105 (pp. 130-154), also dealing with the adoption of various parallel legislative measures. However, it was not known what the philosophy of the text being prepared would be, as the work of the Interministerial Group was conducted in great secrecy. At most, pursuant to a request submitted by organizations representing authors and the other milieus involved, assurance was obtained that the draft prepared by the
(*) Ver infra«Législation», p. 194.
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