The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) has won the copyright infringement case it filed against three of Ghana’s telecommunication giants MTN, Vodafone, and AirtelTigo.
In 2016, GHAMRO raised an action for a declaration against the telecoms for failure to obtain user licenses for the performance of musical works to the public and facilitating music downloads via their various networks constituted copyright infringement.
In the initial lawsuit, GHAMRO requested an order for the companies to account for revenues generated from the use of its musical works to the public since 2012 and asked the court to compel the companies to obtain user licenses for the use and performance of the musical works to the public.
GHAMRO reportedly requested damages for breach of copyright and the payment of 10% copyright royalties on revenue generated from music downloads and uses since 2012.
In the ruling by Justice Jennifer Abena Dadzie, the court granted GHAMRO the reliefs sought including a collection of royalties from the Telcos for public performances.
The court asked the companies to pay 10% copyright royalties on revenues generated from the use of works belonging to GHAMRO members and obtain licenses for the use and performance as such.
The court reportedly awarded a cost of ¢60,000 against each of the Telecom companies to GHAMRO.