RIA makes submission on Copyright Amendment Bill

Research ICT Africa (RIA) made a submission on 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], and 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.

The submission was made in the public interest to help ensure that the intensifying global processes of digitalisation and datafication can be harnessed to contribute to the national project of reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality and that the benefits of advanced technologies and opportunities to innovate, improve lives and livelihoods by deploying them are more evenly spread.

RIA’s submission was drafted and prepared by senior research fellow, Dr. Andrew Rens, with valuable inputs, contributions, and revisions from other RIA staff members.

The research informing this submission is made possible by a grant from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to develop cyberpolicy capacity in Africa.