Thursday, September 28, 2006

Copyright Protection for Sri Lankan Artistes

Sept 25 (LBO) – Sri Lankan song writers and other artistes are hoping a new licensing and royalty scheme being drawn up will help protect their creative work and prop up earnings.

Local artistes have banded together to form 'collective societies', on the lines of similar groups in the United Kingdom, to represent the rights of Sri Lankan artists.

These societies will issue licenses for copyright material and collect royalties, monitor the broadcasting and use of copyright material, as well as resolving infringement issues.

"Any television or radio station or broadcaster wanting to use the creative material for commercial purposes, will have to apply for a licence and pay a tariff for each broadcast.

A fee structure is currently being thrashed out, but suggested rates are 100 rupees per song, per year for broadcast on television and 20 rupees for radio broadcasts."

Read more at LBO

I can't wait to see how this will work..........

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