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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’?
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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? 

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!” 

A Right to Research?

by Denise Nicholson • February 2, 2023

Launched at the start of 2021, the Right to Research in International Copyright Law project aims to define and implement rights to research within international copyright law and policy. The project produces high impact research, provides training to a global network of change makers, and connects a global academic network to the work of global […]

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A Right to Research?

Call for Submissions on Bills

by Denise Nicholson • November 10, 2022

Notice today from PMG, Parliamentary Monitoring Group Dear Subscriber, The Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour invites interested people and stakeholders to submit written comments on two Bills: Performers Protection Amendment Bill [B 24D – 2016] and Copyright Amendment Bill [B 13D – 2017] Enquiries, as well as written […]

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Call for Submissions on Bills

National Assembly Passes Copyright Amendment Bill (September 2022)

by Denise Nicholson • September 13, 2022

On 1 September 2022, the progressive Copyright Amendment Bill (B13D-2017) was finally passed by the National Assembly. 163 voted for and 45 voted against the Bill, with no abstentions. 4 political parties (Democratic Alliance (DA), Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rejected the Bill in toto.  […]

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National Assembly Passes Copyright Amendment Bill (September 2022)

New Proposed Amendments to Copyright Amendment Bill – Constitutionality in Question

by Denise Nicholson • April 13, 2022

In mid-2015 a draft Copyright Amendment Bill was published by the Department of Trade and Industry for public comment.  It underwent several changes in the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry because of public submissions, public hearings, and inputs from two small legal working groups appointed by the Committee.  Four years later, the 2017 version […]

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New Proposed Amendments to Copyright Amendment Bill – Constitutionality in Question

COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL – THE SAGA CONTINUES

by Denise Nicholson • June 8, 2021

May 2021 Copyright Webinar An excellent webinar was organised by the Mandela Institute at Wits University on 20 May 2021, with the following speakers:  Mr Duma Nkosi (Chairperson: Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry), Prof. Malebakeng Forere (Wits), Prof. Sean Flynn (American University), Prof. Owen Dean (Stellenbosch University), Dr. Joel Baloyi (Unisa), Mr. Lazarus Serobe […]

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COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL – THE SAGA CONTINUES

Citation Manipulation / Misconduct

by Denise Nicholson • May 7, 2021

Citation Cartels Citation Gaming and Manipulation Patterns Journal mismanagement and editorial pressure Self-citation, Stacking and Citation Abuse Title Suppressions and Retractions Photo by Gunnar Ridderström on Unsplash

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Citation Manipulation / Misconduct