Sarkodie Supports Campaign To Sue Akuffo Addo Over Copyright Infringement – Screenshot


Rapper Sarkodie has grown his weight behind colleague musician Kirani Ayat to take legal actions against the president of Ghana and the government for using his song without consent. Kirani Ayat burst out on Twitter yesterday when the President of Ghana’s official social media page shared a promotional video that contained excerpts of his music … Read more

Sika Aba Fie – Fans Push Obrafour To Sue Drake After Sampling One Of His Classic Songs


Multiple award-winning Canadian rapper Drake has got Ghanaians talking after he sampled a classic song from Obrafour in one of his latest tracks. Drake released his seventh studio album called Honestly, Nevermind as a follow-up to last year’s Certified Lover Boy album. READ ALSO: The 14 songs LP included a song which had a sample … Read more

Wendy Shay Wins Copy right Case Against YouTube – Gets Her Music Video Back On The Platform


YouTube has restored the music video of Wendy shay titled Pray For The World on the streaming platform after she won a copyright case against them. Days ago, Wendy Shay cried bitterly after someone reported her to YouTube for sampling the beat of hit South African song Jerusalema to record her song Pray For The … Read more

African Bloggers Should Get this RIGHT | The Issue of Copyright Infringement


From TopVincent.Com

I cannot claim to be a copyright expert but with a degree in Law and a nearly completed Masters degree in Law, I have extensive knowledge on most law related issues—including copyright and as a blogger, I do believe I should help correct certain widespread misconceptions about online copyright among African bloggers…

Copyright infringement can either be a criminal or civil offence, depending on certain factors. What we must know is that there are strict laws in place to protect the intellectual properties of people—both online and offline.

The internet has made things easily accessible but it does not mean owners of self-created works or copyright owners forfeit their rights simply because their materials are online.

As a blogger, I acknowledge that it is difficult to stay clean online without one way or the other infringing on someone else’s copyright—nevertheless, great efforts and substantial care must be taken to ensure that this does not happen.

And even when it happens and your attention is drawn, you must quickly act in accordance with the law or you could face a long chain of consequence.

For many African bloggers, there is this misconception that you can take the content (be it article or image) of another blogger/person or from any website—and all you have to do is; write source and at best link back to the original owner when you use it on your blog…

This is unlawful and doing so violates the person’s copyright—something most of us regularly or occasionally do, out of ignorance or laziness…

When it comes to copyright, the default position is this; to use the content/material of any other person in this world; you will need express permission from such a person—unless the person has expressly stated that his work can be used for free without such permission being sought.

But then, you can imagine the sort of chaos this will create in the bigger online world if everyone has to email CNN and ask for permission to report or use certain quotes from an article they’ve written.

It is out of the impracticality of the default position of copyright law that we have the principle of FAIR-USAGE by which, you can use a limited portion of another person’s work (let’s say an article). And though what is a limited portion remains ambiguous, there is a general legal consensus (let’s say guidance) that, picking not more than 100 words from an article and properly referencing (providing source and link back) would amount to fair-usage. Here, you do not need permission to QUOTE PROPERLY 100 or less words of another person’s article—take note of my words; quote properly. You must source correctly (full name of the person’s website and a link back) just as you will reference properly if it was a school/university coursework.

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