Monday, March 11 2024   \  Published by IP Kat .

South Africa's Parliament passes the revised Copyright Amendment Bill

South Africa's Parliament passes the revised Copyright Amendment Bill

Last week, South Africa’s National Assembly passed (again) the Copyright Amendment Bill (CAB) and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill (PPAB). The Bill has now been transmitted to the President for his assent (or referral to the Constitutional Court).

The (second) passing of the CAB and PPAB was to address the reservations expressed by the South African President in 2020. Readers who have been following the Long walk series will remember that the President’s reservations related to issues around constitutionality of the two bills. Such readers would also recall that in 2021, the National Assembly rescinded its previous decision to pass the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Bill referred back to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry for further consideration. In this regard, the National Assembly restricted the further consideration of the CAB to the issues around the reservations raised by the President.

To address the reservations expressed by the President, the National Assembly re-tagged the CAB (and the PPAB) as section 76 Bills (i.e., bills that affect cultural matters and trade). Public hearings were held and the amendments in the Bills were advertised for public comments and deliberations held on the comments received from the public.  Read more

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