[A2k] President Ramaphosa: please sign Copyright Bill

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Wed Nov 27 02:47:11 PST 2019

EIFL urges President Ramaphosa of South Africa to sign the Copyright
Amendment Bill without delay amid threats of US trade sanctions against
South Africa

In a letter to Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa,
EIFL urged the President to sign into law the long-awaited Copyright
Amendment Bill without delay. The Bill, amending the 1978 Copyright Act,
was approved by the legislature in March 2019 and awaits the Presidential

However, the Bill has run into trouble following objections by US-based
multinational copyright industries that say it fails to adequately protect
US copyrights. As a result, the Office of the US Trade Representative
(USTR) has announced a review of South Africa’s place in its largest
preferential trade scheme for developing countries, putting at risk
billions of dollars in South African exports to the US.

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Teresa Hackett
Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries - www.eifl.net

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