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Separating the Singer from the Song

  • Gowri NanayakkaraEmail author
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Abstract

The recently institutionalised global Performers’ Rights Regime (PRR) aims to improve the economic position of those performers whose work can be audio-recorded and reproduced. Vocalists in Sri Lanka as a significant constituent within the local music industry had hoped that the PRR would make their work more economically secure. This chapter, as a prelude to the discussion on the PRR’s ability to resolve the singers’ concerns, contextualises the Sinhala vocalists’ concerns grounding them on empirical findings, examining them through the traditional intellectual property theories and thereafter positioning them within the concept of ‘belonging’, a nuanced approach to encapsulate the distinctive situation in the Sri Lankan music industry.

Keywords

Belonging Secure position Lockean theory Economic incentive theory Personality theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

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