Week 3:- Copyrights is greek

 

What on earth is copyright?????

Well according to plagiarism today “copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. Be it a painting, a photograph, a poem or a novel, if you created it, you own it and it’s the copyright law itself that assures that ownership. The ownership that copyright law grants comes with several rights that you, as the owner, have exclusively” [1]

 

Why we need copyrights can be explained with a million ways. But what I aim to bring out in this blog is how copyright is Greek to me? Yes, by Greek I mean from where I come from (Sri Lankan) its very rarely even heard of. As strange as this sounds it is true. But what is even more Strange is the amount of cases where copyright has been broken are a very few as well. The reason for this is very hard to explain, but what I think mainly is that there is no copyright companies nor record labels. This means there are no companies to register with neither are there companies to monitor any infringements. By this no one actually realizes neither do they make any issue of any copyrights unless its used for high end commercial reasons and is found to be making a lot of money.

 

In a personal point of view I highly think that the country should start implementing copyright laws if we are to reach out to the international market. Although it will take a little while for people to get use to it ,it is definitely  a must have for any music industry to develop. One reason I think that the sir Lankan music has survived is because it’s the only music of its kind as its made in a Sinhalese style and can’t be copyrighted anywhere else in the world. Another reason why copy right is not taken seriously is because the legal action one can take is very minimum. Nevertheless it is something Sri Lanka should look into before it’s too late. Because this is what makes all creators unique  instead of someone else stealing their spotlight.

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