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Insider Views: World IP Day Festival

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in From the Chair | Comments Off on Insider Views: World IP Day Festival

Insider Views: World IP Day Festival

“The world isn’t our stage” was a title used for an article by Prof Owen Dean about infringement of Copyright. Friday 26 April was World IP Day and the world was our stage. The Chair of IP Law and the Faculty of Law along with the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT), Microsoft SA, Proudly South African, the South African Police Service and several other IP organisations teamed up to host the first annual IP festival on campus. The World IP Day festival also served as the launch of the Be Your Own, Buy Your Own...

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Prof Dean on Radio France International

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in From the Chair, Publications | Comments Off on Prof Dean on Radio France International

Prof Dean on Radio France International

Following Prof Dean’s address to the Cape Town Press Club last week, several reports appeared in the media referring to the very real problem of internet-driven copyright infringement in South Africa and the lack of legislative measures (or even attempts by Government) to address this problem. Prof Dean was also interviewed by Radio France International on these topics.   You can listen to the interview below. Listen here   To read the full media reports select the relevant publication below:   Full text report Full text...

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Prof Dean to Address Cape Town Press Club

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in From the Chair | Comments Off on Prof Dean to Address Cape Town Press Club

Prof Dean to Address Cape Town Press Club

In the digital and internet age copyright has become a hot button issue. In 2004, Owen Dean, incumbent of the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law, brought a case against the mighty Disney corporation for the use of the song the Lion Sleeps Tonight. The case highlighted the exploitation in particular of black South African artists. The facts of the case, Griesel NO v Walt Disney Enterprises, demonstrates important principles around commercialisation, derivative usage and the legal and moral rights to work. Prof Dean will address...

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CIP on ETV News: Prof Dean talks about ROOIBOS

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in From the Chair, Publications | Comments Off on CIP on ETV News: Prof Dean talks about ROOIBOS

CIP on ETV News: Prof Dean talks about ROOIBOS

Following the publication of his article on the attempted registration of “Rooibos” as a trademark in France, Prof Dean conducted a TV interview with ETV news on the issue. If you missed the 24-hour broadcast, please click the image below to see a recording of the interview, or select the file format of your choice.     ETV Interview (Option 1) File Size: 3.4 MB File Type: AVI Movie   ETV Interview (Option 2) File Size: 11.3 MB File Type: MPEG-4 Movie   Follow Share on...

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IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Events, From the Chair | Comments Off on IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen

IP Public Lecture – The Design Wars with Prof Charles Gielen

THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. The lecture is available as a podcast and audio recording here.   The Chair of Intellectual Property Law will present its annual public lecture on 7 March 2013 with Professor Charles Gielen from Groningen University (Netherlands). The topic of Prof Gielen’s address is “Apple v Samsung – the design wars”. He will examine the significance of trademarks and registered designs for the proprietor’s global advertising strategy and the value of distinctive packaging and product design. The...

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Radio Interviews with Prof Dean on “Awakening The Lion” – Listen Here

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in From the Chair, Publications | Comments Off on Radio Interviews with Prof Dean on “Awakening The Lion” – Listen Here

Radio Interviews with Prof Dean on “Awakening The Lion” – Listen Here

Following the publication of Prof Owen Dean’s latest book, “Awakening The Lion – The Case Of The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Tafelberg, and the University’s subsequent press release (available here), our incumbent chair of IP has been inundated with requests for an interview with him from various members of the media. It is not surprising that this unique book, and the internationally headlining story it recounts, would attract widespread interest – least of all from South African radio. It is, after all, a...

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NEW eBOOK: “Awakening The Lion” by Owen Dean

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in From the Chair | Comments Off on NEW eBOOK: “Awakening The Lion” by Owen Dean

NEW eBOOK: “Awakening The Lion” by Owen Dean

The CIP is proud to announce the publication of Prof Dean’s latest book, “Awakening The Lion – The Case of The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Tafelberg Publishers. This book tells the story behind the story of a copyright saga that made international headlines and features Prof Dean’s first-person account of the pioneering and proudly South African case that made legal history. Background: After Solomon Linda, a struggling South African musician, composed what became the world-renowned song The Lion Sleeps Tonight...

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Book launch – A hero’s welcome for Prof Dean’s Handbook on Copyright (Revision 14)

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in From the Chair | Comments Off on Book launch – A hero’s welcome for Prof Dean’s Handbook on Copyright (Revision 14)

Book launch – A hero’s welcome for Prof Dean’s Handbook on Copyright (Revision 14)

“From Dickens to Dean” was the heading of one of the book reviews after the Handbook of SA Copyright Law was first published in 1987. Since then The Handbook of South African Copyright Law has substantially been rewritten and updated to the extent that it is now in its third edition. According to Mabel Jansen SC, “the hallmark of Dr Dean’s book is that he is a masterful craftsman as far as the layout and language of the work are concerned, rendering the contents of his work accessible to novice and expert alike. The book is a veritable...

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Insider Views: The IP Law short course a resounding success

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in From the Chair | Comments Off on Insider Views: The IP Law short course a resounding success

Insider Views: The IP Law short course a resounding success

There is a saying that goes: “The past is history, the future hasn’t come yet so live for the moment.” After this week I totally disagree. IP is the future. This pioneering short course was a combined effort of The Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property at Stellenbosch University and the Law@Work Professional Development Project of the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. The joint presentation was at the outset a challenge – several contracts between the two universities were required for the course to be presented.  The...

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CIP on eTV News – Copyright in the National Anthem (VIDEO)

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in From the Chair | Comments Off on CIP on eTV News – Copyright in the National Anthem (VIDEO)

CIP on eTV News – Copyright in the National Anthem (VIDEO)

Copyright in parts of the National Anthem, as well as the composite work, does not belong to the State. This was the finding of Prof Owen Dean, incumbent of the Chair of IP, in a recent publication on IPStell (read more). The CIP’s research also found that copyright in the music of The Call (“Die Stem”) belongs to Prof JM de Villiers of the Department of Mathematics at SU. This story was awarded to eTV as an exclusive, broadcast on national and satellite TV on 20 and 21 June 2012, and followed by a LIVE interview with Prof...

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