Catherine Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Catherine Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture
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In an effort to ensure the effective resolution of disputes in the creative arts industry, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has set up a Creative Arts Mediation Committee to deal with all disputes relating to intellectual property rights and other matter.

According to the Ministry, the Mediation Committee was formed in consultation with the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice.

It is part of a plan towards the establishment of special court for the creative arts industry.

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Membership of the committee is made up of representatives of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Audio-Visual Rights Society of Ghana (ARSOG), Musicians Union of Ghana, Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) and Ghana Actors Guild.

The committee is chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Justice Samuel Brobbey, board chairman of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

The setting up of the Creative Arts Mediation Committee fulfils an election pledge by the government, to “collaborate with the Chief Justice to create a Division of the High Court focusing on the Creative Arts to deal with all matters relating to intellectual property rights, complete with a dedicated Enforcement Unit.”

Catherine Abelema Afeku, Tourism Minister, explains that in addition to copyright issues, the committee will deal with all other legal matters affecting the creative arts sector.

The first task of the committee is to resolve long standing disputes, including the impasse between ARSOG and the Copyright Office.

According to Secretary to the committee, Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante, who is the Director of the Ghana Folklore Board, the committee will sit on Wednesdays.

By Edmund Mingle/