Published in the City Press Newspaper, South Africa, by Lloyd Gedye, on 14 September 2018
The Copyright Amendment Bill, which aims to update South Africa’s 40-year-old copyright law, is now with the parliamentary portfolio committee on trade and industry.
A number of communities have a stake in the final amendment. Lloyd Gedye looks at how musicians, academics and the visually impaired will be affected.
The International Council on Archives secretary-general Anthea Seles wrote to the department’s parliamentary portfolio committee in May, cautioning the government to resist pressure from rights holders to limit fair-use clauses in the bill.
Seles argued that fair-use clauses enable archives, libraries and museums to share their materials with the public and are “essential” to encourage the creation of new works.