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Full Review: Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

Full Review: Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

The Chair of IP Law has submitted its commentary on the 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill, version B13-2017, published by the Department of Trade and Industry on 16 May 2017, pursuant to Government Gazette (Notice 799 of 2017 (GG 40121, 5 July 2016). The full text of the Chair’s comments, drafted by Prof Sadulla Karjiker and Mr Cobus Jooste, is available here.   Follow Share on...

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Open Letter to the Minister of Trade and Industry – Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

Posted on Jun 12, 2017

Open Letter to the Minister of Trade and Industry – Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

The Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law at Stellenbosch University (the “Chair”) has addressed an open letter to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, concerning the Copyright Amendment Bill [B13-2017] (the “2017 Bill”), published by the Department of Trade and Industry (“DTI”) on 16 May 2017. In light of the poor drafting of the 2017 Bill, and its far-reaching consequences, the Chair has urged the Minister: to extend the period within which written submissions must be made; and, to ensure that the 2017 Bill, as currently drafted, is not passed as...

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Freedom to innovate – did Government get the message?

Posted on Apr 16, 2017

Freedom to innovate – did Government get the message?

On 27 April, Freedom Day, we will pause to mark the most significant moment in South African history and commemorate the day when freedom, above all else, became the nation’s guiding principle. The day before, World IP Day, we celebrate the achievements of our brethren that influence our every-day lives and the ability of free human intellectual endeavour to improve our lives. In recent years, Freedom Day celebrations have been reduced to the favourite grandstanding occasion for politicians. While celebrating, many public figures will repeat the customary refrain of this day – remark...

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Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill Commentary

Posted on Feb 5, 2017

Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill Commentary

Prof Karjiker’s comments on the draft the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill [B24-2016] (the “Amendment Bill”), are submitted to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry (the “Portfolio Committee”) pursuant to the invitation of the Portfolio Committee. These comments will focus on the interaction between the Performer’s Protection Act 11 of 1967 (the “Principal Act”) and the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 (the “Copyright Act”). However, the comments also raise matters of concern present in the Amendment Bill. The full text of the comments appear below, and may...

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Reviewed: IP Consultative Framework 2016

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

Reviewed: IP Consultative Framework 2016

Summary: While the Department of Trade and Industry’s recently published Intellectual Property Consultative Framework promises that future legislation will be the result of a thorough examination of the matters of concern by experts, and stakeholders, in the field, it should also consider undoing the potential damage which may have already been done to our intellectual property laws as a result of the failure to proceed with such rigour in the recent past. To read the IP Chair’s full review of the IP Consultative Framework click here. Follow Share on...

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News reports and fair dealing: Moneyweb v Media24

Posted on May 17, 2016

News reports and fair dealing: Moneyweb v Media24

The recent decision involving Moneyweb and Media24 (Moneyweb (Pty) Limited v Media 24 Limited & Another [2016] ZAGPJHC 81) (full text available here) is an important one for copyright lawyers in South Africa because it is the first time that two provisions relating to news reporting of the Copyright Act 1978 (the Act) have been judicially considered, namely, sections 12(1)(c)(i) and 12(8)(a). In fact, it is the first time that the application of the fair-dealing provision, section 12(1), has received any judicial consideration, whether in the context of news reporting or...

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