The purpose of the Copyright Amendment Bill is to align copyright with the digital era and developments at a multilateral level. As set out in the long title, the objects include to:
- define certain words and expressions;
- allow for further limitations and exceptions regarding the reproduction of copyright works;
- provide for the sharing of royalties in copyright works;
- provide for the payment of royalties in respect of literary, musical, artistic and audiovisual works;
- provide for resale royalty rights;
- provide for recordal and reporting of certain acts;
- provide for the accreditation of collecting societies;
- provide for a mechanism for settlement of disputes;
- provide for access to copyright works by persons with disabilities;
- provide for the licensing of orphan works;
- strengthen the powers and functions of the Copyright Tribunal;
- provide for prohibited conduct in respect of technological protection measures;
- provide for prohibited conduct in respect of copyright management information;
- provide for protection of digital rights;
- provide for certain new offences.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, 22 February 2019, and should be emailed to Mr H. Mtileni at [email protected].
The call for submissions (via the Parliamentary Monitoring Group) is accessible here.
The Copyright Amendment Bill is accessible here.
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