Through a press release, Ghana’s Tourism, Arts and Culture ministry has announced plans to establish a specialized court to handle matters around copyright and other creative industry legal issues.
The court dubbed the Arts Rights Court which will operate under the country’s High Court and “will facilitate the expeditious resolution of specific duties that affect the creative arts industry to protect the rights and interests of creative practitioners.” The statement reads.
According to a report on Music In Africa website, this is an about-turn by the minister, Oteng-Gyasi, who had last year indicated that the idea had been abandoned and instead judges would be trained on how to handle creative industry matters which was contrary to what the govt had promised during pre-election campaigns.
The Ministry, says it’s in consultation with the Ghana’s Judicial Service and will communicate the modalities of the court in the next legal year starting October 2020.
This in all purpose a good idea for the country’s growing and vibrant music industry and is expected to provide a progressive legal structure that will inform and protect artists and creative industry players rights.