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FROM THE DESK OF Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

Once again, congratulations on a

Adam H. Putnam Commissioner

successful Fair season filled with fun, food and fellowship. There was some- thing for everyone at Florida‘s diverse Fairs and livestock shows this season - no matter if it‘s was your first or 101st time. Most important, this year‘s Fair season was another unique op- portunity to teach Floridians and visi- tors about our state‘s long, proud his- tory of agriculture, our state‘s oldest industry. Agriculture was a way of life long

before the Europeans discovered Florida in 1513 and continues to be an important source for food and fiber. After 500 years, Florida agriculture is

the state‘s strongest economic pillar, generating more than $100 billion in economic impact and employing more than one million Floridians. This year, the department created a traveling educational ex-

hibit titled ―Florida Agriculture: Then and Now.‖ This unique, fun and interactive exhibit celebrates 500 years of agricultural history by displaying agriculture‘s growth, innovations and economic contributions through the years. The exhibit made its first official stop at the Florida State Fair in

Tampa. Since then, it has traveled around the state to the South- west Florida and Lee County Fair, Polk County Agrifest, the Clay County Fair, the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the South Florida Fair and several other great events. . Engaging Florida residents, particularly our youth, in agricul-

tural exhibits and competitions at Fairs and livestock shows will help us continue the rich traditions of Florida agriculture for gen- erations to come. Although it seems like the 2012-2013 Fair and livestock show

season just ended, we are already hard at work making sure the 2013-14 season is another success. If you are interested in bringing the ―Florida Agriculture: Then and Now‖ exhibit to an event near you, please contact our department at (863) 297- 3210.


Corner By Lance Fuchs


Often times Fairs wonder if they

need to have a license in order for music to be performed on the fair- grounds. It all depends on the facts. Chapter 17 of the United States Code Section 110(6) pro- vides for a qualified exemption from liability for a Fair during its annual Fair. However, there is no such exemption for the ac- tual performers. Therefore, we always suggest that a Fair in- corporate into its contract with the performer that the performer secure the proper licensing and indemnify the Fair for any vio- lation. This should especially be done for any offseason events. Below is the specific and controlling federal copyright law: Sec. 110. Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of cer-

Lance Fuchs Foster & Fuchs, P.A.

tain performances and display. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, the following

are not infringements of copyright: 6) performance of a nondramatic musical work by a govern-

mental body or a nonprofit agricultural or horticultural organiza- tion, in the course of an annual agricultural or horticultural Fair or exhibition conducted by such body or organization; the ex- emption provided by this clause shall extend to any liability for copyright infringement that would otherwise be imposed on such body or organization, under doctrines of vicarious liability or related infringement, for a performance by a concessionaire, business establishment, or other person at such Fair or exhibi- tion, but shall not excuse any such person from liability for the performance.

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