Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Sierra Leone Celebrates New Copyright Act

As announced in the Awareness Times, Sierra Leone’s parliament approved a new copyright act, replacing the old 1965 Act.

“Claded [sic] in white T-Shirts with various anti-piracy inscriptions, throngs of celebrants used loud musical sets placed on top of vehicles, plus traditional musical instruments including the popular ‘Bubu’ instruments, to party all day long along major streets in Freetown.

Most of the celebrants carried photo banners of President Ernest Bai Koroma, while chanting songs of praises for the latter’s move in making sure the copyright bill becomes law under his watch.”

Wonder if they got permission to use those photos or paid royalties for the music they were playing…

Unfortunately, as Afro-Leo could find neither the old act nor the new act online, that’s the extent of this report.  Anyone have either of them or information on what may be different in the new act?

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