History

History

Just a few months after the restoration of the Independence of Lithuania, a group of Lithuanian authors clearly recognised the need to establish the Association. Authors and artists realised that a national collective copyright management organisation was of vital importance for developing a favourable artistic and intellectual climate, and for allowing creativity to flourish.

  • On 29 May 1990, Association LATGA was established. A treaty of the Association was signed at its establishment by the following creative unions of Lithuanian artists: Architects Association of Lithuania, Lithuanian Artists’ Association, Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers, Lithuanian Inventors’ Association, Lithuanian Filmmakers’ Union, Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Lithuanian Association for Writers, Lithuanian Folk Arts Association, Lithuanian Journalists’ Association, Lithuanian Designers’ Society, Lithuanian Theatres’ Union, Lithuanian Scientific Society, and Lithuanian Society of Engineers
  • In July of 1992, LATGA became a full member of CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers)
  • In November 1992, the first reciprocal representation agreements were signed with foreign authors’ associations
  • By the year 1994, when the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania established its Copyright Division, the Association was actually representing state interests in the area of intellectual property (in relations with other institutions, as well as on an international level)
  • On 14 December 1994, Lithuania joined the Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
  • On 18 May 1999, the first Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Copyrights and Related Rights was adopted aimed at the regulation and establishment of a legal framework for copyright administration
  • In April 2004, the CISAC European Committee meeting was held in Vilnius

Throughout the entire existence of the Association, its presidents and Council members have had to face enormous responsibilities. Famous Lithuanian artists have selflessly given their valuable time for the good of the Lithuanian artistic community. Presidents of the LATGA Association have included:

  • The first President of LATGA – Graphic Artist, Bronius Leonavičius (1990-1994)
  • Composer, Prof. Mindaugas Urbaitis (1994-1996)
  • Literary Critic, Valentinas Sventickas (1996-2000; 2008-2012)
  • Composer, Gintaras Sodeika (2000-2007)
  • Composer, Prof. Teisutis Makačinas (2012 to present)