Posts by ipchair

Defects in Copyright Amendments Exposed

Posted on Sep 23, 2022

Defects in Copyright Amendments Exposed

STATUS OF THE COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL For literally years, informed commentators on copyright law have been telling the Government that the Copyright Amendment Bill is fundamentally flawed, badly drafted and misguided in many respects. Alas, none so blind as those who will not see and none so deaf as those who will not hear! The machinations around the passage of the Bill through Parliament and abortive attempts to make cosmetic improvements to it have led to it being a work in progress for more than five years now. It was passed, warts and all, by Parliament at the end of the past decade...

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IP Public Lecture 2022 – Influence or Infringement in Music

Posted on Aug 30, 2022

The 2022 annual intellectual property law public lecture, presented by the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the Faculty of Law, will address influence or infringement in music. The lecture will be delivered by Owen Salmon SC from the Johannesburg Bar, on the topic To Create a Stairway to Heaven All You Need is Spirit. The lecture takes place on 6 October 2022 at the Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University. The event is sponsored by Von Seidels IP Attorneys. Date: 6 October 2022 Time: 17:30 for 18:00 Venue: Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law, Ou Hoofgebou, JC de Wet...

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CIP written submissions on additional definitions and clauses in the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

Posted on Jan 31, 2022

CIP written submissions on additional definitions and clauses in the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

Following its comprehensive review and comments submitted on the various versions of the Copyright Amendment Bill (2015, 2017, 2018  and 2021), the Chair of IP law has again submitted comments specifically pertaining to additional definitions and clauses in the Amendment Bill. The full text of the Chair’s comments is available for download here. Download...

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IP Public Lecture 2021 – IP Law in the Light of the Information Society

Posted on Sep 9, 2021

IP Public Lecture 2021 – IP Law in the Light of the Information Society

THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED Watch the video of the lecture below. The 2021 annual intellectual property law public lecture, presented by the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the Faculty of Law, will address IP law in the light of the information society. The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren from the Institute on Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM) at the University of Münster, on the topic Information wants to be Free. The lecture takes place on 7 October at the Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University. Due to Covid-19 regulations, this is...

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Amending Copyright – Footing the Bill

Posted on Jul 5, 2021

Amending Copyright – Footing the Bill

The Copyright Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed by Parliament despite widespread criticism and condemnation by informed commentators. The CAB was rejected by President Ramaphosa and referred back to Parliament with the direction that it be reviewed and amended where necessary. His objections were mainly centered around the problem that it contained provisions that are in conflict with the South African Constitution and more particularly the Bill of Rights contained in Chapter 2, sections 7 – 39. ‘FOOTING THE BILL’ The term or expression ‘footing the bill’ can have several meanings...

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