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TV channels must get approval before airing films, says NFA

The NFA said the directive is to protect the intellectual property rights of copyright owners and ensure that the Ghanaian film industry operates within a legal and regulated framework

The National Film Authority (NFA) has issued a directive to all Ghanaian television channels, requiring them to obtain permission from copyright owners before broadcasting any films on their platforms.

This move comes after the NFA received numerous complaints from global film distributors about unauthorised broadcasting of movies by some terrestrial channels and media houses in Ghana.
In a statement, the NFA said broadcasting movies without authorisation violates their exclusive rights and constitutes copyright infringement, which attracts both civil and criminal liabilities.
According to NFA, the directive is to protect the intellectual property rights of copyright owners and ensure that the Ghanaian film industry operates within a legal and regulated framework.
“The directive is in accordance with the authority’s statutory function of ensuring compliance with laws regulating copyright within the Ghanaian film industry as set out in section 3(e)(iv) of the Development and Classification of Film Act 2016 (Act 935).”
“If any channel or media house is found to be broadcasting a movie or film without the requisite authorisation, they must immediately cease and desist from broadcasting until the necessary authorization is obtained,” part of the statement reads.

 

See the full statement below: 

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