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Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (2010)

Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (2010)

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The Role of Copyright


  • Armstrong, C
  • Kawooya, D
  • Prabhala, A
  • Schonwetter, T
  • Sinclair, JD

About this Publication:

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

Contents Include:

Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 The importance of improving African education systems
1.2 Connecting education with perspectives on copyright
1.3 Existing research on copyright and education
1.4 The ACA2K research project
1.5 Research objectives
1.6 Research methods, project design, monitoring
1.7 ACA2K and gender
1.8 Research results
Chapter 2: Egypt
2.1 Background
2.2 Doctrinal analysis
2.3 Qualitative analysis
2.4 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 3: Ghana
3.1 Background
3.2 Doctrinal analysis
3.3 Qualitative analysis
3.4 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 4: Kenya
4.1 Background
4.2 Doctrinal analysis
4.3 Qualitative analysis
4.4 Gender-specific findings
4.5 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 5: Morocco
5.1 Background
5.2 Doctrinal analysis
5.3 Qualitative analysis
5.4 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 6: Mozambique
6.1 Background
6.2 Doctrinal analysis
6.3 Qualitative analysis
6.4 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 7: Senegal
7.1 Background
7.2 Doctrinal analysis
7.3 Qualitative analysis
7.4 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 8: South Africa
8.1 Background
8.2 Doctrinal analysis
8.3 Qualitative analysis
8.4 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 9: Uganda
9.1 Background
9.2 Doctrinal analysis
9.3 Qualitative analysis
9.4 Conclusions and recommendations
Chapter 10: Summary and conclusions
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Doctrinal research findings
10.3 Qualitative research findings
10.4 Copyright and education in Africa: the road ahead

Of Interest and Benefit to:

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.

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