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Copyright Amendment Bill: Balancing Creative Rights and Industry Concerns

Aug 1, 2023

Experts have warned that the Copyright Amendment Bill would harm the creative sector and undermine artists’ and producers’ rights.

Industry stakeholders agree that the bill should avoid the negative impacts of section 39, which restricts artists and producers from freely entering contracts and expands the Minister’s authority over private agreements.

The CEO of RiSA, Nhlanhla Sibisi, expressed concerns that some provisions in the bill would interfere with contract freedom, undermine creative works’ protection, create uncertainty, and discourage investment in South African cultural industries.

To support a thriving cultural sector with job creation and tax revenues, strong copyright protection and fair exceptions are essential.

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