Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Gambian judge sends plagiarists to prison

The Point, a daily newspaper published in Bakau, the Gambia, has reported on an interesting copyright/plagiarism case. Two men were found guilty of having heavily plagiarized a book on national history for a study guide that they were selling. The author of the book took them to court, and in 2015 they were found guilty of copyright infringement. Since they did not pay the damages awarded of 5 million and fifty thousand Dalasis (around 100 000 €!) to the authors, she took them to court again.

The judge has sentenced both men in May 2018 to six weeks of jail each. This is apparently the first time that sanctions have been meted out on the basis of the Gambia Copyright Act of 2004.