Jul 172017

The Mandela Institute in collaboration with Google, Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), and the American University Washington College of Law will host a roundtable discussion on the second version of the Copyright Act Amendment Bill ahead of its scheduled August Parliamentary hearings.

The roundtable will feature an opening address by Mr MacDonald Netshitenzhe, Acting Deputy Director General, DTI and a presentation of recent empirical research by Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law. Comment will be provided by Dr Malebakeng Forere, Wits School of Law, Professor Coenraad Visser, UNISA and Dr Tobias Schonwetter, UCT IP Unit.

Friday, 21 July 2017
10:00am for 10:30am
Chalsty Seminar Room, Wits University
Braamfontein, Campus West

Followed by a networking lunch

Please RSVP here by Wednesday, 19 July
Enquiries: 011 717 1146


  One Response to “The Value of Fair Use for South Africa – The Role of Copyright and User Rights in Promoting Social and Economic Progress”

  1. I am the founder and a board member of the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA). I speak from the perspective of our members, who write books. They are creative workers.

    One of the stated objectives of the Copyright Amendment Bill is to ensure that creative workers receive appropriate payment for their talent and labour, and are not left to languish and die in poverty. This was, in fact, the primary recommendation of the Copyright Review Commission, whose report led to the DTI decision to amend the Copyright Act.

    I would like to know how Fair Use will benefit authors of books.

    My question and your answer will go onto the ANFASA website. I therefore look forward to your earliest response.