Legislation and literary agencies
The legal framework for protecting intellectual property in the Czech Republic underwent significant changes as a result of a new copyright act No. 121/2000 Coll. (according to the Act No. 81/2005 Coll., Act No. 61/2006 Coll., Act No. 186/2006 Coll., Act No. 216/2006 Coll., Act No. 168/2008 Coll., Act No. 41/2009 Coll. and Act No. 227/2009 Coll.). Through the new legal amendment, the Czech Republic became a country with a high standard of copyright protection, protecting the rights of artists as well as other rights holders connected to the copyright.
The basic legal enactment, which directly amends publishing, is Act No. 37/1995 Coll. on non-periodical publications (Act No. 320/2002 Coll.) and ordinance No. 252/1995 Coll. through which certain enactments of Act No. 37/1995 Coll. on non-periodical publications are executed (as ammended by Ordinance No. 156/2003 Coll.); Ordinance No. 488/2006 Coll. (as ammended by Ordinance No. 408/2008 Coll.) which stipulates the types of instruments used for copy making; types of unrecorded media and the amount of fixed fees.
Aside from the aforementioned, there are also further regulations in place which likewise accommodate this without directly mentioning publishing (eg Act No. 455/1991 Coll. on trade) as well as general statutes such as the Civil Code, Commercial Code, the VAT Act and the Tariff Act.
A private arts agency focused on copyright which represents more than 400 Czech and international artists including writers. Established in 1990.
Kristin Olson Literary Agency
The Agency negotiates and sells translation licences to Czech and Slovak publishing houses.
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
Literary agency specialized in translations of Czech literature into foreign languages (Michal Viewegh, Jiří Kratochvil, Petra Soukupová and others).
The theatre, literary and audivisual agency, founded in 1949, is a civic association of authors and other copyright holders. The main objective of the agency is the protection of copyright.
Dutch literary agency with a special focus on Czech literature (Patrik Ouředník, Miloš Urban, Petra Hůlová and others).