Ghana is set to establish specialised court for its creative industry

A division of the country's High Court that will deal with copyright and other related matters

Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture has announced final plans to establish a specialised court dedicated to the country’s creative arts sector. According to the press statement announcing the development, the Arts Rights court will function as a division of Ghana’s High Court, and it will deal with copyright and other related matters pertaining to the arts sector.

Copy of the statement announcing the Arts Rights court

Signed by the Minister for Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi herself, the statement explains that the establishment of the specialised court has been a top priority for the Ghanaian government, in recognition of the creative industry’s important contribution to the country’s economy. Ghana’s economic focus on the creative industries, brought to their shores, last year, tourists and cultural influencers alike, when they Ghana hosted the Year of Return. An integral part of the December events were the festivals and concerts – Afrochella, Afro Nation, Detty Rave, etc. – that entertained the influx of tourists from the diaspora looking to reconnect with their African roots and generally have a good time.

With the Arts Rights Court, the Ghanaian government will be looking to improve the conduciveness of the stakeholders within the sprawling Creative community, helping to enforce laws around intellectual property rights, piracy and internal disputes, by taking into account the nuances of the sector. The Ministry, in consultation with the Judicial Service of Ghana, is currently working on the modalities of the Arts Right courts, which will commence in at the beginning of the next legal calendar from October 2020.

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