Posts Tagged "legislation"

Copyright Exemptions Unpacked

Posted on Oct 24, 2022

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

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Copyright Unpacked: a Basic Introduction to Copyright Law

Posted on Oct 24, 2022

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      

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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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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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Reconstituting the Copyright Amendment Bill

Posted on Jun 14, 2021

Reconstituting the Copyright Amendment Bill

Every golfer has had the experience of duffing a shot – driving the ball straight into a water hazard – and, having incurred a penalty stroke, hitting a perfect drive straight down the middle of the fairway at the second attempt. This has given rise to the golfing adage: Confucius say hit second shot first! In similar vein, Parliament has produced a horrendous piece of copyright legislation, but has now been given a second chance to get it right, without incurring any penalty. Will it take up and optimize this break, that is the question? Time will tell. THE ESSENCE OF COPYRIGHT Copyright...

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