Posts Tagged "copyright amendment bill"

Authors, you’ve got a friend?

Posted on May 31, 2021

Authors, you’ve got a friend?

INTRODUCTION The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary gives the following as a meaning of the word “friend”: “A person who wishes another, a cause etc., well; a sympathizer, helper, patron…” Carole King, the famous songwriter/performer, gives a good description of the characteristics of a friend in her iconic song, You’ve Got a Friend. The drafters of the Copyright Amendment Bill (“CAB”), which is currently before Parliament, purport to be the friend of creative persons, referred to as “authors” in respect of all kinds of creative works, including books, songs, paintings...

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Copyright Blind Spot

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

Copyright Blind Spot

INTRODUCTION Blind people are at a distinct disadvantage and face serious challenges when it comes to reading the written word. They need written text to be rendered in braille or in electronic form to permit a text-to-speech functionality with easy navigation across the text. Unfortunately, such adapted-for-disability-utility versions of written text are in short supply or are not always optimally operational. The international community, and more particularly the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has embraced this plight of the blind. WIPO has fathered the Marrakesh Treaty to...

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Representations Regarding Possible Amendments to Section 25 of The Constitution

Posted on Feb 3, 2020

Representations Regarding Possible Amendments to Section 25 of The Constitution

Introduction The South African Constitutional Court has ruled that the term “property” in the Section 25 of the Constitution covers not only land but also all forms of property including intellectual property (i.e. patents, designs, copyright trade marks and the like). In the event that, as proposed, this section is amended to allow property to be expropriated without compensation, it will mean that this principle will apply also to intellectual property. All and any patents, copyrights and trade marks etc., whether owned by South African or foreign nationals, will be subject to this...

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Great Listening: Discourse on the Copyright Amendment Bill

Posted on Jan 30, 2019

Great Listening: Discourse on the Copyright Amendment Bill

Prof Sadulla Karjiker, the incumbent Chair of IP Law, joined Hugh Melamdowitz, partner at Spoor & Fisher, and Wiseman Ngubo, head of legal and business Affairs for CAPASSO (Composers, Authors and Publishers Association) on Classic FM 1027’s Classic Business to discuss the diversity of views on the latest draft of the Copyright Amendment Bill. Listen to the podcast below or click here to visit the...

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Full comments: Copyright Amendment Bill 2018

Posted on Jul 22, 2018

Full comments: Copyright Amendment Bill 2018

Following its comprehensive review and comments submitted on the 2015 and 2017 versions of the Copyright Amendment Bill, the Chair of IP law has again submitted comments on the 2018 version. The full text of the Chair’s comments, authored by Proff Sadulla Karjiker and Owen Dean, is available for download here. Download...

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