Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Protecting Our Own

The plan to charge royalties for each song performed at musical shows and other commercial use of local artistes' creations has resulted in an actual fee structure.

Annually 100 rupees per song for broadcast on TV and 20 rupees for radio
Night clubs, karaoke bars, restaurants and musical shows are charged 5,000 rupees per song per year
Organizations such as banks, conference halls using local music for an event need to pay 15,000 rupees for a license
National Lotteries Board, Development Lotteries will pay an annual license fee of 100,000 rupees each
Copyright music is free for educational purposes, talent performances, welfare and non-profit events

"Under the Intellectual Property Act 2003 of Sri Lanka, organizers of musical shows and electronic media institutions, will now have to get prior written permission from artists, NIPO Office said Monday.

Director of Sri Lanka Performing Rights Society, Bobby Boteju says those who violate the law face a six months jail sentence or a fine of 500,000 rupees, with penalties doubled for repeated misuse."

(Via LBO)

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