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GhanaWeb: Copyright Law May Aid Open Source in Ghana

Jan 28, 2003, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Yarney)

"Open source advocates in Ghana are taking advantage of a copyright bill being considered in the country's parliament to push the government to adopt Linux, according to participants at the ICT for Government conference here Friday.

"The copyright bill, if made law, would require strict enforcement of intellectual property laws, and appears to favor Microsoft Corp. Software piracy is rampant in Ghana, common even in large organizations. Most bills that are presented to parliament become law in Ghana.

"Open source advocates here at the conference argued that the government, which most likely also uses pirated software, can make some savings on licenses if it adopts open source software such as Linux..."

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