Definitive acquisitions for culture

IP OR DEFINITIVE HERITAGE?

As well known, it is not possible to defend and protect the work of composers after 70 years after his/her death.

Notwithstanding that, UNESCO established its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage with the aim of ensuring better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance.

This list is published by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and its members are elected by State parties meeting in UN General Assembly. Through a compendium of the different oral and intangible treasures.

We can consider both such definitions of UNESCO and the general idea that some works of musical art are immortal, regardless of any protection.
Clearly the lawyers’ work ends in front of beauty collars such as e.g. the nine symphonies of Beethoven, since they are even new works of art inspired by this immortal music to preserve the value of intellectual property.

With regard to this, there is, for example, a great list of films dedicated to Beethoven, this testifies that some intellectual property is a definitive acquisition for the culture and the heart of mankind. How protecting such heritage, given that it, literally, protects itself?

Here a short list:
-The Life of Beethoven (German: Das Leben des Beethoven),1927 Austrian silent drama film directed by Hans Otto and starring Fritz Kortner as Beethoven.
– Un grand amour de Beethoven, 1937 – Abel Gance
-Eroica, 1949 Austrian film , Walter Kolm-Veltée
– Beethoven – Days in a Life, 1976 – Horst Seemann
– Gary Oldman portrayed Beethoven in the 1994 film Immortal Beloved, written and directed by Bernard Rose.
– BBC in Eroica dramatised the 1804 first performance of the Eroica Symphony
– Copying Beethoven was released in 2006, starring Ed Harris as Beethoven.

 

UNESCO DECLARATIONS OF CULTURAL HERITAGE (source, literally cited: wikipedia)

UNESCO established its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage with the aim of ensuring better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide and the awareness of their significance.

This list is published by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and its members are elected by State parties meeting in UN General Assembly. Through a compendium of the different oral and intangible treasures of humankind worldwide, the program aims to draw attention to the importance of safeguarding intangible heritage, which UNESCO has identified as an essential component and as a repository of cultural diversity and of creative expression.

The list was established in 2008 when the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took effect.

As of 2010 the programme compiles two lists. The longer Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity comprises cultural “practices and expressions that help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance.” The shorter List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding is composed of those cultural elements that concerned communities and countries consider require urgent measures to keep them alive.

In 2013 four elements were inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which helps States Parties mobilize international cooperation and assistance to ensure the transmission of this heritage with the participation of the concerned communities. The Urgent Safeguarding List now numbers 35 elements. The Committee also inscribed 25 elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which serves to raise awareness of intangible heritage and provide recognition to communities’ traditions and know-how that reflect their cultural diversity. The List does not attribute or recognize any standard of excellence or exclusivity. The list totaled 429 elements as of 2017.

Elements inscribed in the lists are deemed as significant bastions of humanity’s intangible heritage, the highest honor for intangible heritage in the world stage.