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The legal and institutional framework for, and challenges to the payment of reprographic fees in academic libraries in Ghana

Theresa Larteley Adu (University Library, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana)
Thomas B. van der Walt (Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 13 October 2021

Issue publication date: 4 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the legal and institutional frameworks for, and the challenges to the payment of the reprographic fees in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative research approach was employed to address the objectives of the study. This involved focus group discussion sessions with twelve purposively sampled postgraduate students (six each from the private and public institutions) and the five Technical Committee members of CopyGhana; and qualitative interview sessions with the head librarians of four academic universities (two private and two public).

Findings

This study shows that CopyGhana derives its existence from Copyright Act 2005, (Act 690) section 49, and Copyright Regulations (L.I. 1962) 2010, sub-regulation 18. Copyright Regulations (L.I. 1962), 2010, sub-regulation 18 mandates CopyGhana to identify all the outfits that engage in photocopying for immediate licensing, and to protect the economic rights of foreign rightsholders within the jurisdiction of Ghana. Though students and library staff generally agree to the payment of the reprographic fees (the students however want to see it legally insulated against possible future arbitrary increases), the position of university authorities possesses a big challenge to its implementation.

Originality/value

The paper evaluated the legal and institutional frameworks for the payment of the reprographic fees, and the challenges in its implementation, and proposes that CopyGhana may have to activate its legal right to sue in order to overcome the challenges posed by university authorities, as is being done in other jurisdictions.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the Technical Committee of CopyGhana, and the students who took time off to participate in the focus group discussions. The authors are also grateful to the head librarians for granting the interviews.

Citation

Adu, T.L. and van der Walt, T.B. (2021), "The legal and institutional framework for, and challenges to the payment of reprographic fees in academic libraries in Ghana", Library Management, Vol. 42 No. 8/9, pp. 550-560. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-03-2021-0023

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