This book explores whether global music copyright law and the performers’ rights regime (PRR) have been able to improve the economic position of artists, as they were originally intended to. The author investigates whether this regime effectively addresses contemporary issues regarding royalty payments and cover songs in Sri Lankan music, drawing on the empirical findings of a case study she conducted on the Sinhala music industry. She finds that the PRR developed internationally and implemented in Sri Lanka is predicated on a particular view of the role of performers and their relationships with other actors in the music industry; although this view can be found in the USA, UK and India, it does not seem to reflect the established practices and relationships within Sri Lanka’s contemporary music industry. While providing a socio-historical and legal analysis of these differing industrial settings and investigating the manner in which they impact the PRR’s (in)ability to deliver improved economic security for Sinhala singers, the book also offers policymakers recommendations on how to supplement current national copyright law and the PRR in order to provide a secure economic position for music artists in Sri Lanka.
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2019|
|Product dimensions:||5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Separating the singer from the song.- Chapter 2: The Sinhala commercial music industry and its development.- Chapter 3: The emergence and development of the performers’ rights regime.- Chapter 4: Issues faced by contemporary commercial singers in Sri Lanka.- Chapter 5: The performers’ rights regime: the Sri Lankan vocalists’ solution or their concern?.- Chapter 6: Conclusion.
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“This book is a study on performer’s rights in the form of a fascinating journey into the history and culture of Sinhalese music. Deeply researched and lucidly presented, the book explains how the role and status of vocalists in modern copyright law have evolved, and discusses the challenges that still lay ahead. Singers’ Melancholia is a great reading for copyright scholars, music historians, and anyone with an interest in the inner working and development of music industry.” (Maurizio Borghi, Professor of Law and Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University, UK)