Copyright Amendment Bill & Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill

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Submissions are now closed (since 09 July 2021)

Trade and Industry

The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry invites stakeholders and interested parties to submit written submissions with reference only to clause 13 (sections 12A, 12B, 12C and 12D), clause 19 (section 19B) and clause 20 (section 19C) in relation to the Copyright Amendment Bill [B13B-2017].

Comments can be emailed to:ahermans@parliament.gov.za ; tmadima@parliament.gov.za ; msheldon@parliament.gov.za and ymanakaza@parliament.gov.za by no later than Friday, 9 July 2021.

This call for further submission is in response to the Presidents’ reservations in that various sections of the Bill, including section 12A, which deals with the fair use of a work or the performance of a work, was not put out for public comment before the final version of the Bill was published and that certain copyright exceptions may be unconstitutional.

President’s Letter: Referral of Copyright Amendment bill and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill to NA

Furthermore, the Committee invites stakeholders and interested parties to submit written submissions with reference to the alignment of the Copyright Amendment Bill [B13B-2017] and the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill [B24B-2016] with the obligations set out in international treaties, including the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Copyright Treaty, the WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Person Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Please note that submissions must be limited to the President’s reservations, issues raised beyond this cannot, in accordance with the Joint Rules of Parliament, be considered by the Portfolio Committee.

Public hearings will be scheduled on Wednesday, 4 August, and Thursday, 5 August 2021. These hearings will be conducted on a virtual platform

Enquiries can be directed to Mr Hermans at ahermans@parliament.gov.za or 083 709 8482 and Mr Madima at tmadima@parliament.gov.za or 083 709 8419

Issued by Mr. D Nkosi, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry

Track the Copyright Amendment Bill here

Track the Performers' Protection Amendment Bill here

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