Ghana musicians worry about new legislation

A new copyright bill in Ghana will according to musicians and lawyers associations in be used to impose fees on Ghanaians who use folklore in their music. This would include those musicians who since generations have preserved the traditional knowledge.Freemuse and Executive Committee member, Krister Malm have assisted Ghanaian
musicians and lawyers with knowledge and advice on this issue.
Krister Malm, who apart from being a Freemuse founding member also is the
President of ICTM, the International Council for Traditional Music, has dealt
with copyright legislation and international conventions for more than thirty
years says:

“The new Ghanaian legislation is probably according to WIPO guidelines. But the
application of the legislation seems twisted. I can’t understand how the
Ghanaian government can claim that tolls taken from bona fide performers of
traditional music are in line with WIPO recommendations
”.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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