Aug 072015

PIJIP and four South African cultural organizations will convene a Roundtable Discussion with South African and U.S. copyright experts and filmmakers on the recently published South African Intellectual Property Policy and Copyright Amendment bill, on Thursday, 13 August 2015, at 09:00 at the NFVF (National Film & Video Foundation) in Johannesburg.

The Copyright Act is being amended for the first time since 1978, and it is vitally important for the filmmaking community to be at the forefront of important changes affecting the industry’s legislative and policy environment.

The goal of this workshop is to build better stakeholder and researcher understanding of the implications of balanced intellectual property reform for filmmakers. The workshop will specifically discuss policy changes in the South Africa Copyright Act’s free expression promoting flexibilities that allow creative incorporation and transformation of prior expression for critical commentary and other purposes. This workshop will discuss how these balancing features of South Africa’s copyright law would be amended under new government policies being released shortly – with a group of copyright law professors and attorneys from the U.S. and South Africa who have been working with filmmakers here and abroad.

The meeting will include a discussion with members of the filmmaking community and CILAC’s Managing Director, Tholoana Makhu, Professors Peter Jaszi and Sean Flynn, from PIJIP, and Caroline Ncube and Tobias Schonwetter from the UCT IP Unit, and will be chaired by CILAC’s CEO, Marang Masokoane. Each is an expert in intellectual property law. PIJIP and the UCT IP Unit collaborated on a recent study of the role of copyright law and legal literacy in the documentary film industry in South Africa.

This workshop is convened by the Cultural Industries Legal & Advisory Centre (CILAC) in conjunction with the following organisations and institutions:

  • South African Screen Federation (SASFED)
  • Association for Transformation in Film & TV (ATFT)
  • Young Producers Forum (YPF)
  • Intellectual Property Unit -‐ University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) -‐ American University, Washington College of Law

For a printable announcement to the event, click here.