Jul 30, 2009

NEWS JULY 30, 2009



INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE COPYRIGHT LAW IN GHANA

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Hon. Betty Mould-Iddrisu has urged all media practitioners to credit their sources since the foremost principle in Journalism is attribution and breach of this is punishable by Law.

Hon. Betty Mould made this known in a Symposium organized by the Editors’ Forum, Ghana

(EFG) on the theme: The rights and responsibilities of the media under the Copyright Law.

According to her, copyright is a unique brand of Intellectual Property which is relatively a private right.

In her speech, she emphacised that, the duty of the Journalist is to:

Educate

Inform

And entertain

And that it is unprofessional to dab verbatim from sources and not aknowledging

them and that journalists' should desist from that since it can cause havoc both to him and his employers.

The General Manager of newspapers of Graphic Communications Group and a member of EFG,

Mr. Yaw Boadu Ayeboafoh, delivering a paper declared that plagiarism should not be taken for

granted and that even the Ghana Journalist Association’s (GJA) code of ethics has it that,

sources of information should be credited.

Also at the symposium was the Copyright Administrator, Mr. Bernard Bosumprah who also

delivered a paper, saying that, people particularly media practitioners should refrain from using

the works of others as theirs since it can come with a fine not less than GHC. 6000 when found

culpable.