What is Copyright law in Ghana?

YES, SERMONS ARE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT  November 16, 2012 – 02:25 pm
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I have, in a couple of radio interviews and on Facebook,  expressed my views, based on my understanding of Ghana’s copyright laws, on the heated debate relating to what may be called ‘the Otabil Tapes’ where the respected Pastor Mensa Otabil has expressed strong reservations at the unauthorised used of his voice and sermons by a group called Education Watch as part of the current political campaign. I received a call from Kweku Baako, Managing Editor of the ’New Crusading Guide’ newspaper, requesting that I put my thoughts in writing. This is what I have produced for him and his paper.

Yes, sermons are protected by our laws on copyright, and may only be used with the consent of the author consents or under circumstances expressly permitted by law. However ‘legalistic’ or ‘religiously objectionable’ this may sound to some, particularly those who hold the view that the ‘Word of God’ should not be subjected to such ‘earthly’ laws, the fact remains that sermons are copyright protected.

The copyright law of Ghana is generally captured in the provisions of the Copyright Act, 2005 (Act 690), which repealed and replaced the long-standing Copyright Law, 1985 (PNDCL 110).

A Sermon is a protected Literary Work

Source: I-CAN-GHANA

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