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Albania/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.1 Constitution

The current Albanian Constitution was approved by a referendum in 1998. With regard to culture, the following articles apply:

Article 8, paragraph 3, guarantees the right of Albanian citizens living abroad to preserve and develop their ties with their national cultural inheritance (heritage).

Article 58, paragraphs 1 and 2, sanctions the freedom of artistic creation and the right of creative artists to take profits from their copyrighted work.

Article 59, paragraph 1 G, provides support for the protection of the national cultural heritage and particular care for the Albanian language.

In accordance with these principles, the Parliament has passed the Laws on Copyright (first approved in 1992, amended in 2005), Cinema (1996 and 2005), Cultural Heritage (1994 and 2003), Museums (2005) etc.

Chapter published: 18-01-2011

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