How copyright bill will affect musicians, academics and the visually impaired

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.

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