South Africa: Last Day to Comment on Copyright Amendment Bill

SOUTH AFRICA
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In May, South Africa released the 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill for public comments.

The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry invited interested individuals and stakeholders to submit written comments on the Copyright Amendment Bill [B13-2017]. The last day to comment will be tomorrow June 18, 2017.

The purpose of the Bill is:
• To amend the Copyright Act, 1978, so as to define certain words and expressions;
• To allow for the reproduction of copyright work;
• To provide for the protection of copyright in artistic work;
• To provide for the accreditation and registration of Collecting Societies;
• To provide for the procedure for settlement of royalties disputes;
• To allow fair use of copyright work;
• To provide for access to copyright works by persons with disabilities;
• To provide for the protection of authorship of orphan works by the State;
• To provide for the establishment of the Intellectual Property Tribunal;
• To provide for the appointment of members of the Intellectual Property Tribunal;
• To provide for the powers and functions of the Intellectual Property Tribunal;
• To provide for prohibited conduct in respect of technological protection measures;
• To provide for prohibited conduct in respect of copyright management information;
• To provide for management of digital rights;
• To provide for certain new offences; and
• To provide for matters connected therewith.

Today is the last day for individuals and groups wishing to comment to forward written submissions to the Committee. Public hearings are scheduled to hold between June 27-29 and will cover both the Performers’ Protection and the Copyright Amendment Bills.

All correspondence should be addressed to Ms J Fubbs, Chairperson: PC on Trade and Industry and marked for the attention of Mr A Hermans, PO Box 15, Parliament, Cape Town, 8000.

Submissions should be forwarded to Mr. A. Hermans at: ahermans@parliament.gov.za

Enquiries may be directed to Mr A Hermans at (021) 403-3776, fax no: 0866527753 or via e-mail: ahermans@parliament.gov.za

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