Posts Tagged "rights"

The Great Pharmaceutical Patent Debate

Posted on Nov 18, 2011

The Great Pharmaceutical Patent Debate

In recent news, the TAC (Treatment Action Campaign) has called on government to revise the Patents Act to reduce the patent protection available to pharmaceutical inventions, which the organisation believes is responsible for the high cost of medicines and a delay in the availability of generic medicines. The organisation refers to the Doha Declaration, which has been signed by South Africa as a member of the World Trade Organisation, to support its call. “Government has not yet been proactive in utilising these mechanisms” There is no denying that the impact of diseases such as...

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Copyright: The Photographers Plight

Posted on Oct 15, 2011

Copyright: The Photographers Plight

The Vine Oracle recently chatted to a professional photographer and had occasion to reflect on the treatment meted out to this group by our Copyright law. Apparently freelance photography in South Africa is not the lucrative business it appears to be– quite the contrary. Copyright is supposed to allow creators of original works to make money by commercialising their works. Copyright is failing freelance photographers on this count. Why you ask? Remember that copyright comes into being automatically (provided of course the other requirements for subsistence of copyright are present) –...

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