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Joint statement on the adoption of the Copyright Amendment Bill

Joint statement on the adoption by the National Assembly of the Copyright Amendment Bill, no B13F of 2017 We, authors associations PEN South Africa, PEN Afrikaans, and the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of South Africa (ANFASA), and the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), regret the outcome of yesterday’s plenary of the National Assembly […]

Copyright and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bills scheduled for adoption on 29 February 2024

The Bills are scheduled for concurrence by the National Assembly on 29 February.  With the Portfolio Committee having recommended it in its report, concurrence should be a formality, notwithstanding passionate and disapproving statements that can be expected from opposition MPs during the debate.  With only ten days to go, it seems that only a bout of Leap Year Madness could change the plan.

Comments on the Copyright Amendment Bill

PEN Afrikaans welcomes the revision of the Copyright Act but implores the legislature to consider the impact of the proposed provisions on the creative industries that authors are dependent on. It is our opinion that the Bill, as it stands, does not pass muster on constitutional compliance, legal certainty, and on truly protecting and enhancing the interests of authors whose livelihood depends on the ability to commercialise their work.

Authors unite against Copyright Amendment Bill

Authors have united in their call upon the South African legislature to refrain from adopting the Copyright Amendment Bill to be debated in the National Assembly this week. A petition against the adoption of the Bill, which could have devastating consequences for authors and intellectual, artistic and educational production in South Africa, is being presented […]