COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Spain/ 5.2 Legislation on culture  

There is no overall legislation for culture in Spain. The only Act establishing the scope, operation and governing structure is the 257/2012Royal Decree on the Basic Structure of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (see chapter 1).

Table 1:     International legal instruments implemented by Spain in the cultural field

Title of the international legal instrument

Year of adoption

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

1887 (Spain became Member)

Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Signed in 1945

Universal Copyright Convention

Ratified in 1954

Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials

Acceded in 1955

European Cultural Convention

Ratified in 1957

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

Ratified in 1960

Convention concerning the international exchange of publications

Ratified in 1963

European Agreement on the Protection of Television Broadcasts

Acceded and entry into force in 1971

Agreement concerning Programme Exchanges by means of Television Films

Acceded in 1973 and entry into force in 1974

Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorised Duplication of Their Phonograms

Ratified in 1974

Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on 24 July 1971

Ratified in 1974

European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage

Acceded in 1975

Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

Accepted in 1982

Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe

Signed in 1985. Ratified and entry into force in 1989.

Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property

Ratified in 1986

Ibero-American Film Integration Agreement

Signed in 1989 and entry into force in 1991

Latin American Film Coproduction Agreement

Signed in 1989 and entry into force in 1992

European Convention on Transfrontier Television

Signed in 1989. Ratified and entry into force in 1998.

International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations

Acceded in 1991

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Signed in 1992. Ratified and entry into force in 2001

European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production

Signed in 1994. Ratified in 1996 and entry into force in 1997

European Convention relating to Questions on Copyright Law and Neighbouring Rights in the Framework of Transfrontier Broadcasting by Satellite

Signed in 1994

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

Signed in 1996. Ratified in 2009 and entry into force in 2010

European Landscape Convention

Signed in 2000. Ratified in 2007 and entry into force in 2008

Convention on Cybercrime

Signed in 2001. Ratified and entry into force in 2010

Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

Signed in 2011. Ratified in 2005 and entry into force in 2009

Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Ratified in 2006

Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Ratified in 2006

WIPO Copyright Treaty

Ratified in 2009 and entry into force in 2010

Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances

Spain became a Member in 2012


Chapter published: 24-06-2015

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