Ghana to introduce new copyright legislation

November 2003

Record Labels, Music Publishers, Internet

The current Copyright Bill before Ghana Parliament will provide for the creation of a Copyright Tribunal which would have substantially increased penalties available against those who infringe the rights of authors and composers in Ghana. Professor George Hagan, Chairman of the National Commission on Culture, said the Bill met the minimum requirement of the World Intellectual Property Organisations (WIPO) Internet Treaties. At a four day conference, over 30 executives from African intellectual property organisations looked at the problems of piracy on a pan-African level as well as the negative affect of piracy of Western copyrights on African culture. “African culture faces the real risk of being adulterated under the guise of foreign influences, whilst the advanced world are progressively adopting measures to protect and promote their cultural heritage,” Prof. Hagan said. Ghana, through the active collaboration of the WIPO, International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisation (IFRRO) and the Reproduction Rights Organisation of Norway has now succeeded in establishing a Reprographic Rights Organisation. The Conference was convened under the auspices of the Copyright Society of Ghana in collaboration with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and the WIPO.


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