Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Act No 36 of 2003 brought about changes to the Sri Lankan copyright legislation

Intellectual Property Act No 36 of 2003 brought about changes to the Sri Lankan copyright legislation. Under the act, a copyright lasts for the lifetime of the author plus 70 years from the date of the author’s death further strengthening the rights of copyright owners.
Copyright means the rights given by law to the creators for their literary and artistic works. The rights take two forms; (a) economic rights and (b) moral rights. The economic rights include the right to reproduce, sell, rent, distribute, communicate to the public, and translate etc. whereas the moral rights cover the right to claim authorship and the right to oppose distortion or mutilation of the work.
The IP Act protects the following as copyrighted
works:
• Books, pamphlets, articles, computer programs
and other writing;
• Speeches, lectures, addresses, sermons and
other oral works;
• Dramatic works, dramatic musical works,
pantomimes, choreographic works and other
works created for stage productions;
• Stage productions of works specified in
Paragraph (c)and expressions of folklore that
are apt for such productions;
• Musical works, with or without accompanying
words;
• Audiovisual works;
• Works of architecture;
• Works of drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving,
lithography and tapestry and other works of
fine art;
• Photographic works;
• Works of applied art and illustrations, maps,
plans, sketches and three-dimensional works
related to geography, topography, architecture
or science.
Image source – PEXEL
Content References –
https://www.nipo.gov.lk/…/Intellectual_Property_Act_No…
http://www.buildingipvalue.com/08_AP/226-228SudathPerera.pdf

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