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Specific Clauses of Copyright Amendment Bill Drawn Up

September 4, 2018

Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry

Specific clauses of the Copyright Amendment Bill dealing with the accreditation of collecting societies have been published for comment.

The portfolio committee on trade and industry seeks comment on the clauses until 21 September 2018.

The bill was tabled in parliament in May 2017.

The portfolio committee on trade and industry is currently deliberating on the bill.

The clauses declare that a person who “intentionally gives him or herself out” as a representative collecting society without being accredited commits an offence.

Meanwhile, the trade and industry department has published Phase 1 of the Intellectual Property Policy of South Africa in Government Gazette 41870.

Cabinet approved the policy at the end of May 2018.

The policy was published for comment in August 2017.

Some of the policy’s goals include enhancing how IP supports small institutions and vulnerable individuals in society, promoting a culture of innovation, promoting local arts and culture and solidifying South Africa’s various international obligations.

The policy will be implemented in a phased approach with the current document constituting phase 1.

Included in the policy is the problem statement, purpose, strategy and the Inter –Ministerial Committee on Intellectual Property.

Phase 1 covers IP and public health and international IP cooperation.

In a separate matter, the department announced the withdrawal of standards in Gazette 41870.

Standards withdrawn include quality management systems – requirements for bus operators and non – destructive testing – thermal neutron radiographic testing – general principles and basic rules.