DTI Briefs Parliament on Copyright Amendment Bill

Department of Trade and Industry

The trade and industry department recently briefed parliament on the Copyright Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in May 2017.

It aims to amend the Copyright Act in order to:

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

Some of the changes agreed to by the department include the removal of “funded by” from clause 3, unfair contracts must be addressed in clause 5, visual artists should be catered for in terms of resale of royalty right and the issue of private copy levy can be included if parliament so desires.

The portfolio committee on trade and industry commenced with clause-by-clause deliberations on the bill this week.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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