Story By: Prince Barak
Fashion designers in Tamale have been urged to protect their intellectual property by seeking legal protection under Ghana’s copyright law.
At an entrepreneurship workshop, Intellectual Property Rights Management consultant, Mr. Ibrahim Nayi reiterated the importance of protecting designs and highlighted the existence of laws to support this.
He emphasized that protecting one’s work enhances its value and prevents piracy. “Registering designs allows owners to take legal action against unauthorized use, leading to potential economic compensation” he stated.
Mr. Nayi made the call during the second edition of the annual fashion entrepreneurship workshop organized by Fatsu Garments and Design Institute, a Tamale-based fashion school.
The workshop, themed “Activism-Inspired Apparel” for 2023, aimed to train fashion designers in using their designs to advocate for positive social changes.
The CEO of African Print Nyame, Opare Appiah, a fashion designer in Tamale, also urged aspiring fashion designers to embrace creativity in their designs while speaking at the conference.
He emphasized that the key to standing out in the industry lies in the designer’s ability to bring forth uniqueness and originality.
According to him, fashion has a wide reach and global impact, therefore it is crucial for designers to put in their best efforts to ensure their designs are well-received worldwide.
He noted that with an increasing number of individuals joining the fashion industry, it is essential for designers to continuously update their knowledge and skills to avoid becoming outdated.