Journal article

The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights: The Paradox of Article 27 exemplified in Ghana

C De Beukelaer, M Fredriksson

Review of African Political Economy | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2019


Orthodox copyright scholarship frames piracy in ‘developing’ countries as a detrimental and illegal practice that results from these countries’ lack of economic, social and cultural development. It argues that piracy needs to be discouraged, regulated, and finally overcome for legitimate business to flourish. In this article, the authors challenge this viewpoint and question whether the implementation of international copyright instruments in legislation across Africa really promotes those local economies or if it merely exposes them to neo-colonial exploitation. While the early international treaties on intellectual property rights (IPR) were formulated by European states and implemented in..

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