Earlier this year the South African Government announced its plans to publish a Copyright Amendment Bill to cater for advances in technology and to bring copyright protection up to international standards.
However, it is reported that the Copyright Amendment Bill is vague and contains some surprising and controversial provisions.
The Bill pursues to amend the Copyright Act by providing that in circumstances where work is created by an individual who is a recipient of public funding, the copyright will be owned by the state.
Vicky Stilwell, consultant and trademark attorney at Kisch IP told John Maytham that the amendment is problematic because the Bill doesn’t expand on what is meant by public funding.
Listen to the full conversation on The john Maytham Show: