Promise and perils of Sri Lankan performers’ rights: the royalty collection in music

Nanayakkara, G. (2017) Promise and perils of Sri Lankan performers’ rights: the royalty collection in music. European Journal of Current Legal Issues, 22 (1). ISSN 2059-0881.

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Abstract

Royalty collection in music is considered as the ‘holy grail’ in resolving the remuneration issue of musical artists through copyright and performers’ rights. Predominantly grounded on economic incentive theory, these intellectual property regimes promote extensive implementation and enforcement of royalty collection schemes coining the survival and sustainability of the relevant aesthetic industry and their participants. This article will examine the feasibility of musical performers’ royalty collection under performers’ rights in Sri Lanka while making reference to established schemes in other music industries such as USA, UK and India. In doing so, this paper attempts to highlight the perils of introducing a royalty collection scheme in a relatively smaller music industry in Sri Lanka that is heavily dependent on foreign music. Probing the capabilities of such a scheme to address the remuneration concerns of the country’s aging artists, a commercially vulnerable group within the music industry, this paper attempts to demonstrate how a music royalty scheme would fall short of its promise if not implemented with appropriate sensitivities to the relevant domestic conditions and with realistic expectations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open Access Journal
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General) > K0520 Comparative law. International uniform law
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML3800 Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music > ML3916 Social and political aspects of music
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
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Depositing User: Gowri Nanayakkara
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 15:38
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 15:46
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16249

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