Copyright Amendment Bill [B13-2017]: comment on specific clause of working draft

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Trade, Industry and Competition

The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has published the following clause of the Copyright Amendment Bill [B13-2017] for further public comment:

“(8) (a) Subject to subsection (7), any person who intentionally gives him or herself out as a representative collecting society in terms of this Chapter without having been accredited, commits an offence.

(b) A person convicted of an offence in terms of paragraph (a), is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.”


▪ Subsection (7) refers to a transitional provision that requires existing Collecting Societies to apply for accreditation within 18 months of the commencement of the Copyright Amendment Act. In terms of subsection (7)(b) these may continue to operate as Collecting Societies, subject to any conditions that the Commission may instruct it to comply with, until the finding of the Commission regarding the accreditation is made.

▪ “this Chapter” refers to Chapter 1A that is being inserted by the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2017. It deals with Collecting Societies.

Comments can be emailed to Mr A Hermans at [email protected] or Mr T Madima at [email protected] and Ms Y Madikanza at [email protected] by no later than Friday, 21 September 2018.

Enquiries can be directed to Mr A Hermans on (021) 403 3776 or 083 709 8482 and Mr T Madima on (021) 403 3822 or 083 709 8419

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