The Role of Copyright
The emergence of the Internet and the digital world has changed the way people access, produce and share information and knowledge. Yet people in Africa face challenges in accessing scholarly publications, journals and learning materials in general. At the heart of these challenges, and solutions to them, is copyright, the branch of intellectual property rights that covers written and related works.This book gives the reader an understanding of the legal and practical issues posed by copyright for access to learning materials in Africa, and identifies the relevant lessons, best policies and best practices that would broaden and deepen this access. This book is based on the work of the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) research network, launched in late 2007 as a network of researchers committed to probing the relationship between copyright and learning materials access in eight African countries: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Creative Commons License
Chapter 1: Introduction1.1 The importance of improving African education systems1.2 Connecting education with perspectives on copyright1.3 Existing research on copyright and education1.4 The ACA2K research project1.5 Research objectives1.6 Research methods, project design, monitoring1.7 ACA2K and gender1.8 Research results Chapter 2: Egypt2.1 Background2.2 Doctrinal analysis2.3 Qualitative analysis2.4 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 3: Ghana3.1 Background3.2 Doctrinal analysis3.3 Qualitative analysis3.4 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 4: Kenya4.1 Background4.2 Doctrinal analysis4.3 Qualitative analysis4.4 Gender-specific findings4.5 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 5: Morocco5.1 Background5.2 Doctrinal analysis5.3 Qualitative analysis5.4 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 6: Mozambique6.1 Background6.2 Doctrinal analysis6.3 Qualitative analysis6.4 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 7: Senegal7.1 Background7.2 Doctrinal analysis7.3 Qualitative analysis7.4 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 8: South Africa8.1 Background8.2 Doctrinal analysis8.3 Qualitative analysis8.4 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 9: Uganda9.1 Background9.2 Doctrinal analysis9.3 Qualitative analysis9.4 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 10: Summary and conclusions10.1 Introduction10.2 Doctrinal research findings10.3 Qualitative research findings10.4 Copyright and education in Africa: the road ahead
Educators, policymakers, publishers, scholars and all who wish to understand some of the key factors at play in the access to knowledge and learning materials in Africa today.