Issues Faced by Contemporary Commercial Singers in Sri Lanka

  • Gowri NanayakkaraEmail author


The PRR was introduced to Sri Lankan copyright law with the expectation of addressing the needs of the vocalists in the music industry. Nearly fifteen years since the introduction of the national PRR under the Intellectual Property Act of 2003, this chapter focuses on what the vocalists express or consider to be the issues they battle with in the practice of music—covering and secure position—in order to better understand their concerns and, in addition, to introduce the discussion in the following chapter on the adequacy of the national PRR to address such concerns. This chapter is based on the findings of the empirical study carried out in Sri Lanka. The chapter also makes comparisons with the UK, USA and Indian situations to highlight the distinctive position in Sri Lanka.


Covering Secure position Belonging Remuneration Music royalty 


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  1. 1.School of LawCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

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