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Confessions of a Struggling Author

Posted by on Dec 6, 2022 in Copyright, IPStell | 0 comments

Confessions of a Struggling Author

I am a struggling author. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t struggle to put the proverbial pen to paper. On the contrary, the words flow easily and in abundance. I fondly believe that I have a way with words – I receive complimentary comments. I have lots of stories to tell. I want to tell them. Why then, you ask, am I struggling? I will tell you. I am an experienced attorney specializing in Intellectual Property Law, especially Copyright. I have written a text book on the subject and have published literally hundreds of learned articles in...

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Copyright Exemptions Unpacked

Posted by on Oct 24, 2022 in Copyright, IPStell | Comments Off on Copyright Exemptions Unpacked

Copyright Exemptions Unpacked

A basic primer on the fair dealing exemptions in copyright law, composed by Professor Owen Dean, now available for download here:   Copyright Exemptions Unpacked Follow Share on Tumblr

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Copyright Unpacked: a Basic Introduction to Copyright Law

Posted by on Oct 24, 2022 in Copyright, IPStell | Comments Off on Copyright Unpacked: a Basic Introduction to Copyright Law

Copyright Unpacked: a Basic Introduction to Copyright Law

A basic primer on copyright law, composed by Professor Owen Dean, now available for download here:   Copyright Unpacked       Follow Share on Tumblr

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Defects in Copyright Amendments Exposed

Posted by on Sep 23, 2022 in Copyright, IPStell | Comments Off on Defects in Copyright Amendments Exposed

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...

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IP Public Lecture 2022 – Influence or Infringement in Music

Posted by on Aug 30, 2022 in Events, IPStell | Comments Off on IP Public Lecture 2022 – Influence or Infringement in Music

THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED Watch the video of the lecture below. 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:...

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

Posted by on Jan 31, 2022 in Copyright, IPStell | Comments Off on CIP written submissions on additional definitions and clauses in the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

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 comments Follow Share on...

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

Posted by on Sep 9, 2021 in Events, IPStell | Comments Off on IP Public Lecture 2021 – IP Law in the Light of the Information Society

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,...

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Amending Copyright – Footing the Bill

Posted by on Jul 5, 2021 in Copyright, IPStell | Comments Off on Amending Copyright – Footing the Bill

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...

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CIP written submissions on copyright exceptions in the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

Posted by on Jul 2, 2021 in Copyright, IPStell | Comments Off on CIP written submissions on copyright exceptions in the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

CIP written submissions on copyright exceptions in the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017

Following its comprehensive review and comments submitted on the 2015, 2017 and 2018 versions of the Copyright Amendment Bill, the Chair of IP law has again submitted comments specifically pertaining to the copyright exceptions in the Amendment Bill. The full text of the Chair’s comments is available for download here. Download comments Follow Share on...

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The Use Fair

Posted by on Jun 24, 2021 in Copyright, IPStell | Comments Off on The Use Fair

The Use Fair

We have all been to fun fairs. A fun fair is a facility set up in a vacant space, usually of temporary duration, devoted to providing entertainment to those who frequent it. There are ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, helter skelters, tunnels of horrors, dodgem cars, roller coasters and the like. There are also stalls of one form or another where prizes can be won, such as coconut shies where wooden balls are thrown at coconuts, or other targets like effigies of people, with a view to knocking them off their pedestals. Handouts of free gifts are...

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