Historical Data about AMUS and the Beginning of the Copyright Protection

• 1884. The beginning of copyright protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country that used to be a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire, date back to second half of the 19th Century. The Hungarian Law on Copyright was adopted in 1884.
• 1895. The Austrian Law on Copyright is adopted.
• 1929. In accordance with Berne Convention and following the relevant laws and regulations from German, Austrian and Swiss Legislation the Yugoslavian Law on Copyright was adopted.
• 1930. Yugoslavia signs the Berne Convention.
• 1946. A new Law on copyright of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is adopted. A Department for the Copyright Mediation is established as a state institution, whose duties include the protection of all rights of authors. This Department had its headquarters in Belgrade, with outlets in the capital cities of all Republics, including Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). These outlets were collecting the royalties from all the users, while the headquarters was remunerating the collected funds to all the rights' holders.
• 1946. The Association of Composers – Musical Creators (AMUS) is formed in Sarajevo.
• 1950. Department for the Copyright Mediation is abolished by the Regulation of transferring the rights administration and mediation onto the Associations and Foundations of Authors. With this Regulation copyright protection was in fact entrusted to the authors. At the 1st Congress of SAKOJ (Association of Composers of Yugoslavia) held on February 12th and 13th 1950, Stevan Hrisitic was elected for a President, and Dr. Oskar Danon, a famous Bosnian musicologist and conductor, for Secretary General.
• 1956. SAKOJ becomes a member of CISAC.
• 1965. Department of the Copyright Protection (OZAP) is established. Shortly after, in 1971, it changes its name to Department for the Protection of Rights of Musical Authors (ZAMP). ZAMP is made up of regional offices in all the Yugoslav republics, and is entitled to collect the royalties for the use of copyrighted works.
• 2000. By registering at the Ministry of Justice of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 30th AMUS has effectively renewed its work. It was registered at the current address in Sarajevo, as published in the Official gazette of FBiH (No. 32/01). Esad Arnautalic was elected for President and now late Vlatko Markovic for Secretary General.
• 2002. AMUS is co-founder of „Sine Qua Non“Association.
• 2011. In June of 2011 AMUS' Assembly votes for a new leadership, with election of Edin Dervishalidovic aka Dino Merlin as President.
• 2011. In November of 2011 the Assembly votes for a withdrawal from „Sine Qua Non“Association, which effectively results in the loss of all the credibility of „Sine Qua Non“Association and its right to represent the members of AMUS.
• 2012. In March of 2012 the Steering Board votes for a decision to form a professional service for administration of their rights – Collective Management Service ZAMP.
• 2012. In April of 2012 the Assembly adopts the Business Plan of the Association of Composers – Musical Creators for year 2012, and applies for the License for the collective management of copyright at the Institute for Intellectual Property of BiH