South African Copyright Amendment Bill 2015 – Feedback on process

In July 2016, Cabinet approved the introduction of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2015 into Parliament for processing.   The Bill still awaits final certification but the uncertified but Cabinet-approved Bill was in the interim presented to NEDLAC.  Since Parliament will be going into recess in mid-December 2016, it is now envisaged that the Bill will be introduced in the next session of Parliament in 2017.   I understand that the Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee will advertise public meetings in the Government Gazette in due course. This is the only opportunity that stakeholders will have to see and discuss the Revised Bill.  These meetings will be held at Parliament in Cape Town. 


Intellectual Property:

Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System (CEIPI-ICTSD)

Is the Right to USE Trademarks Mandated by the TRIPS Agreement?

Copyrights and Copyduties - Importance of the Public Domain for Developing Countries

Considering Sharing Your 3D Printing Designs (Read this)

Sponsored: Innovation And Access: Fission Or Fusion? Interview With Jennifer Dent, President, BIO Ventures For Global Health (BVGH)

Why you Can’t Copy a Recipe Book

Jury Finds 'Jersey Boys' Creators Liable for Copyright Infringement


IP and Traditional Knowledge:

WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore - Thirty-Second Session (28 Nov to 2 Dec 2016)

Popcorn, Football And Chocolate – US Idea To Prompt Discussions At WIPO TK Committee

How justice can be brought to South Africa's rooibos industry

SA's Rooibos Tea gains protection under EU deal (July 2016)


Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

Open Access article processing charges: a new serial publication crisis?

Should All Research Papers Be Free?

On Publishing and the Sneetches: A Wake-up Call?*