Proposed New Character

From: john r. durand (
Date: Sun Jan 31 1999 - 23:25:20 EST

i would like to sponsor a proposal to include a new character in the Unicode
standard. before formally doing so, however, i wanted to check that the
character hadn't been previously rejected or wasn't already in process.

the character in question is the phonorecord sign (best represented in this
message as "(P)"). the following description, taken from, provides a good description of the

   The copyright notice for phonorecord of sound recording [Sound recordings
   defined as "works that result from the fixation of a series of musical,
   spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a
   picture or other audiovisual work, regardless of the nature of the
   objects, such as disks, tapes, or other phonorecords, in which they are
   embodied."] has somewhat different requirements. The notice appearing on
   phonorecord should contain the following three elements:

      1. The symbol (P) (the letter P in a circle); and

      2. The year of first Publication of sound recording; and

      3. The name of the owner of copyright in the sound recording, or and
         abbreviation by which the name can recognized, or a generally known
         alternative designation of the owner. If the producer of the sound
         recording is named on the phonorecord labels or containers, and if
         other name appears in conjunction with the notice, the producer's
         shall be considered a part of the notice.

      Example: (P) 1994 A.B.C., Inc.

this character it is the copyright equivalent for sound recordings. an
can be seen on the back of any CD.

i'm very interested to hear whether this has been discussed previously
the current status of any earlier proposals.


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