be vested with the power of implementation of the provisions of this Act, the control and superintendence of the registration and administration of Industrial Designs, Patents, Marks and of any other matter as provided by the Act, and the supervision and control of all persons appointed for, or engaged in, the implementation of the provisions of this Act ; and take all necessary steps to promote and encourage national awareness of the subject of Intellectual Property including copyright and related rights by organisation of exhibitions, contests, seminars and publications and by promoting and encouraging the establishment and proper functioning of organisations or societies to protect and administer copyright and related rights under Part II of the Act.

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of section 9, the fair use of a work, including such use by reproduction in copies or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research, shall not be an infringement of copyright.

) of subsection (1) of section 9 and subject to the provisions of subsection (2) of this section, the private reproduction of a published work in a single copy shall be permitted without the authorization of the owner of the copyright, where the reproduction is made by a physical person from a lawful copy of such work exclusively for his own personal purposes.

Provided that the reproduction is compatible with fair practice and does not exceed the extent justified by the purpose of such reproduction.

collections of works and collections of mere data (data bases), whether in machine readable or other form, provided that such collections are original by reason of the selection, co-ordination or arrangement of their contents.

rental of the original or a copy of an audiovisual work, a work embodied in a sound recording, a computer program, a data base or a musical work in the form of notation, irrespective of the ownership of the original or copy concerned ; ) of subsection (1), the owner of a work or a copy of a work lawfully made or any person authorized in that behalf by such owner, is entitled without the authority of the owner of the copyright, to sell or otherwise dispose of that copy.

No right mentioned in subsection (1) shall be transmissible during the life time of the author, however on the death of the author, the right to exercise any of those rights shall be transmissible by testamentary disposition or by operation of law.

The author may waive any of the moral rights mentioned in subsection (1), provided that such a waiver is in writing and clearly specifies the right or rights waived and the circumstances to which the waiver applies : ) of subsection (1) specifies the nature and extent of the modification or other action in respect of which the right is waived, subsequent to the death of the author, the physical person or legal entity upon whom or which the moral rights have devolved shall have the right to waive the said rights.

(1) There shall be an office called the National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the “Office”).

Such office shall be the sole office in Sri Lanka for the registration and administration of Industrial designs, patents, marks and any other matter as provided by the Act.