There have been series of lamentation from producers on how television stations download their movies and other videos and air them without authorization and permission. This has led the Ghana Copyright Office in taking a giant step by warning media houses in the country to stop airing audiovisual works without the necessary authorization from the owner.
In a letter signed by the Chairperson of the Copyright Monitoring Team (CMT), Madam Dorothy Habada, television stations in the country are required to produce for inspection their licenses which authorize them to air audiovisual works on their various channels.
According to the letter, stations that air copyright protected works without permission of them holder of the copyright are infringing on the owners copyright and are commiting an offence which is punishable under Ghanian law.
“Television stations are, hereby, advised to desist from airing audiovisual works without the relevant licenses,” the letter stated.
It will be recalled that the Copyright office and the Copyright Monitoring Team (CMT), launched the copyright public education and awareness creation campaign at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel in Accra in a bid to sensitize Ghanaian and create awareness about the negative impact of copyright activities on the development of the creative industry.