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Pay Copyright Fees Or Face The Law

The Attorney-General-led Interim Copyright Management Team (ICMT)
overseeing the operations of the Copyright Society of Ghana (COSGA) has
warned recalcitrant users of copyright musical and other works to pay
their license fees or face prosecution in court, as non-payment
constitutes copyright theft and is unethical.

In a media
release, the ICMT stated that it would not hesitate to apply the law
against users whose lack of respect for intellectual property continues
to impoverish creators.  Legal remedies for public performance of works
without authorization include both criminal and civil penalties.

Users
include radio and TV stations, spinners, hotels, restaurants,
nightclubs, shopping malls, internet cafes, webcasters, banks, photocopy
operators, video centers, etc.; businesses that use copyright works to
enhance their profitability. Copyright fees owed by users are in
millions of cedis (billions of old cedis).

Copyright laws
protect owners of works by granting them exclusive rights and ensuring
payment when their creations are used. Key among them is the public
performance right, a major source of revenue for creators.

Since
its inauguration by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Betty
Mould-Iddrisu, the ICMT has held meetings with music user associations
including GIBA (Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association), GBC,
Spinners and Ghana Hotels Association, reminding them of the value of
music to their operations and the legal requirement to pay for the right
to use it.

The ICMT, currently prosecuting a national copyright
sensitization agenda, commended all responsible users for consistently
paying their license fees, but warned that irresponsible lawbreakers
will not be spared.

The ICMTs operations fall under Copyright
(Amendment) Act 788, with powers granted to the Minister of Justice to
adopt measures to ensure creators are protected and royalties collected
and distributed.

Members of the ICMT are Carlos Sakyi,
Amandzeba, Mark Okraku Mantey, K.K. Kabobo (Musical Rights); Stanley
S.S. Sackey, Nii Odoi-Mensah, Richard Quartey (Audio-Visual Rights);
Asare Konadu Yamoah, Betty Boateng,  Dr.Kwasi Annoh (Literary Rights);
Lawyers Ohene-Obeng(Deputy Registrar-General and official liquidator of
COSGA) and Yaa Attafua, (Principal State Attorney, Copyright Office).

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Posted By: Viewpointafrica Monitoring Team
Country: Ghana
Category: Entertainment
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