Ghana's copyright law for folklore hampers cultural growth

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This article explores Ghana's protection of folklore through its 2005 Copyright Act. It argues that key elements of the act are in opposition to other countries in the region, putting Ghana's artists at a disadvantage.
Original languageEnglish
Article number123550
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2019


  • Kenya
  • Folklore
  • Ghana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Black Panther
  • Togo
  • Copyright law
  • Global perspectives

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    Traditional knowledge: protecting the intangible and tracing the development of international protection for folklore

    Collins, S., Mar 2018, Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries. Brown, A. & Waelde, C. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property).

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  • Who Owns Ananse? The tangled web of folklore and copyright in Ghana

    Collins, S., 21 Nov 2016, In : Journal of African Cultural Studies. p. 1-14 14 p.

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