This chapter undertakes an overview of how Africa’s intellectual property rights frameworks have impacted its creative industries through an understanding of the values, principles and policies through which African States have sought to leverage intellectual property rights to ensure that creative industries become a key part of African economies. To accomplish this task, this chapter sets forth, examines and evaluates different propositions that reflect how intellectual property frameworks have been deployed, neglected or irrelevant to Africa’s creative industries. To undertake its objective this chapter adopts a broad understanding of creative industries as a reference to industries that depend in varying degrees on cultural values, ideas, symbols and rituals.
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