GhanaWeb: Copyright Law May Aid Open Source in Ghana
Jan 28, 2003, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"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