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Lobby groups demand greater public say on contentious Copyright Amendment Bill (SA)

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:51 pm

Story : https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2018-07-23-lobby-groups-demand-greate





Lobby groups have called on Parliament to consider extending the public participation process on the contentious Copyright Amendment Bill aimed at modernising SA’s copyright law.

Parliament’s trade and industry portfolio committee embarked on public hearings on the bill late in 2017. Interested parties raised various concerns at the hearings, with some calling for a task team to be established to deal with issues raised, especially on what are regarded as questionable provisions such as the application of copyright to social media platforms.

In the latest submission to the committee, Media Monitoring Africa said the bill had so many gaps that it fails to deal with emerging issues and is already at risk of being outdated in the digital era.

The South African National Editors’ Forum said it endorsed Media Monitoring Africa’s submission on the bill to address problems about the application of copyright to digital media, fair use rights, the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for the blind or visually impaired, the need for the rights of the media to report unhindered on newsworthy events to be protected, and for due regard for universal access to and distribution of pictures, videos and other multimedia content.







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