Posts By: Denise Nicholson

Who is the Real ‘Enemy’ of Artists in the Copyright Chess Game?

by Denise Nicholson • September 26, 2023

Let’s be frank.   The Copyright Amendment Bill in its various versions since 2015 has been attacked from all sides, for so many shameless reasons, too many to count.  Supporters of the Bill have been called ridiculous names in the media, such as ‘Big Tech agents’ and ‘Dark Forces’.  ‘Fair use’ has been called an ‘alien […]

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Who is the Real ‘Enemy’ of Artists in the Copyright Chess Game?

Who’s ‘Pulling the Wool Over Whose Eyes’?

by Denise Nicholson • September 26, 2023

Strategy of disinformation The carefully planned and persistent strategy of intermediaries and multinationals to criticise and spread disinformation about the Copyright Amendment Bill has been blatant since the Draft Bill was first published by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for public comment in 2015.  As far back as the multi-stakeholder conference organised by […]

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Who’s ‘Pulling the Wool Over Whose Eyes’?

eBulletin for September 2023

by Denise Nicholson • September 7, 2023

This is a free online information service, covering topics such as scholarly publishing, avoiding questionable publishing practices, open access, open educational resources, access to knowledge, copyright and related matters, library matters, including institutional repositories and digitisation projects, access issues related to people with disabilities, and other topics. Should you not wish to receive these emails […]

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Why Should a Human Rights-Related Copyright Bill Sink AGOA? 

by Denise Nicholson • August 29, 2023

I was somewhat surprised at the article entitled ‘SA’s new copyright bills could sink Agoa – Contentious laws could ‘substantially lower’ protections’, published in The Sunday Times newspaper on 30 July 2023.   Despite opposition from mainly rightsholders, collecting societies, a few political parties, and multinationals, the Copyright Amendment Bill has been strongly supported by international, […]

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Why Should a Human Rights-Related Copyright Bill Sink AGOA? 

eBulletin for August 2023

by Denise Nicholson • August 3, 2023

This is a free online information service, covering topics such as scholarly publishing, avoiding questionable publishing practices, open access, open educational resources, access to knowledge, copyright and related matters, library matters, including institutional repositories and digitisation projects, access issues related to people with disabilities, and other topics. Should you not wish to receive these emails […]

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eBulletin for July 2023

by Denise Nicholson • July 5, 2023

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eBulletin June 2023

by Denise Nicholson • June 7, 2023

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What Royalties?  Never Seen a Cent!” 

by Denise Nicholson • June 6, 2023

Academics, Scholarly Authors and Copyright  In my 38-year career as a professional librarian, 24 years of which were managing the Copyright Services Office at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, I often pondered why academic authors appeared to show little interest in copyright issues, and seldom came to the table when legislative reforms were proposed.    […]

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What Royalties?  Never Seen a Cent!” 

eBulletin May 2023

by Denise Nicholson • May 8, 2023

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eBulletin April 2023

by Denise Nicholson • April 11, 2023

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