Submission on the Copyright Amendment Bill to the Western Cape Legislature

RIA submitted expert comment on the Copyright Amendment Bill to the National Council of Provinces in January 2023. The Bill has also been sent to each of the provincial legislatures. In February RIA submitted expert comment to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. The input explains how the interface of artificial intelligence (AI) and copyright has changed dramatically since the Bill was first introduced in Parliament in 2017. For example, ChatGPT is an AI software service that produces outputs that resemble text produced by humans. The emergence of these technologies raises the question whether outputs by them should be awarded copyright. RIA recommended that, to protect artists and authors, human creativity should be the only output that is copyright. Find the submission here.