A censored version of the Gugulethu Seven Memorial in Gugulethu, Cape Town, South Africa. The image has been censored due to a lack of Freedom of Panorama in the country. Source: Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 4.0, author – Nkansahrexford
It is a fact that for many African countries especially, a common thing like a selfie with a national statue can be copyright infringement.
For some time now Wikimedia Ghana UG has been learning what it needs to do to have Freedom of Panorama introduced in Ghana.
Today we are happy to announce that following a session on Freedom of Panorama with Douglas Scott of Wikipedia ZA at re:publica Accra conference, we have put up a petition on change.org for the President of Ghana to put his weight behind this.
Before you sign the petition you’ll need to know this:
Ghana’s Copyright Act of 2003, Act 690 at the moment restricts Freedom of Panorama.
Because of the restriction of Freedom of Panorama taking a photo or video, or creating images or copies of monuments, buildings, sculptures and other permanently public artwork including those belonging to the state could be a crime.
We are petitioning his excellency and our minister for the arts to have Parliament revisit our Copyright Act of 2003, Act 690 and grant Freedom of Panorama.
About Fair Dealing In Ghana
We have put a preamble to our FOP research as adviced by a lawyer here to explain the status quo in Ghana.
Why the president?
Though it is Ghana’s Parliament that would amend the act, the lawyer and the presidential staffer who is our liaison has recommended we channel this through the presidency instead.
The Chief of Staff is ready to receive this on the president’s behalf
Sign the petition here.
And while you are there, if you have questions, suggestions, concerns, we’ll gladly handle them before we print it out for delivery.