We are a coalition of writers, filmmakers, photographers, educational content producers, software and video game developers, technology entrepreneurs, artists, poets, producers of accessible format materials and other South African creators.
We call on Government to include in the ongoing copyright reform three key issues to enable us to create the next generation of South African content for the world.
The Right to Create.
Current law lacks many modern exceptions to copyright. We need these exceptions to make original work and to exercise our freedom of expression.
The Right to Own.
Current law makes the commissioner of many works the default owner of our art. This restricts ability of many to distribute, re-mix and profit.
The Right to Earn.
Current law does not adequately protect us against abuses and exploitation.
10 November 2018
Fair Use in South Africa
Recently in the Media
Decolonised education means giving poor students fair use of textbooks (08 November 2018) - Thabiso Bhengu - The Daily Vox
”We need to update our copyright laws to allow poor students fair use rights of textbooks, which remain prohibitively expensive for most,”
New Copyright Exceptions Treaty Proposed By Civil Society; Seeking Country Support (08 October 2018) - IP Watch
”Negotiations on possible exceptions to copyright for specific actors such as libraries, archives, universities and research institutions at the World Intellectual Property Organization have been stalling for years. Last week, a group of civil society organisations published a proposed draft treaty text for copyright exceptions for educational and research activities. Now they are seeking support from WIPO members to shoulder the text.”
26 October 2018
in the media
If copyright protection goes too far, the results can harm democracy (24 October 2018) - Business Day
Published by ReCreate in response to Prof Sadulla Karjiker’s article published on the 19th October 2018.
”Price gouging is possible in SA because of our record-breaking inequality and the monopolisation of textbook markets by large multinationals.”
SA’s photographic history could be lost to future generations (19 October 2018) - Business Day
”Photographers need government's assistance when it comes to copyright laws”
26 September 2018
in the media
Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist (29 August 2018) - The Guardian
“Academic publishers charge vast fees to access research paid for by us. Down with the knowledge monopoly racketeers.”
We all need to listen to the pleas of the music industry in our country (12 September 2018) - Daily Maverick
”An honorary doctorate was conferred on Vusi Mahlasela by the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. He was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the betterment of South African society and to the global music industry. This is an edited version of Mahlasela's acceptance speech.”
15 September 2018
in the media
Click, copy, paste: Is our proposed copyright bill futureproof? (07 September 2018) - City Press
"South Africa’s 40-year-old Copyright Act is heading for a long-awaited amendment, and just about everyone disagrees on the way forward"
5 September 2018
Recent news relating to the amending of the South African Copyright Bill
Below is a list of recent articles appearing in the South African media:
Competition Commission investigating book publishing 'cartel' over price-fixing claims (29 August 2018) - Fin24.
"Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele has initiated an investigation against the Publishers' Association of South Africa (PASA) and its members for allegedly fixing the prices of books."
Gospel shocker: How black musicians got screwed (1 April 2018) - CityPress.
"Copyright lawyer’s investigation blows lid on alleged 55-year-old royalty payout scam."
Copyright Amendment Bill: two-phase proposal; "Debt Intervention" National Credit Amendment Bill: new draft (8 May 2018) - Parliamentary Monitoring Group.
Response to IIPA Comments to USTR Regarding South Africa's Copyright Amendements Bill and AGOA Eligibility (24 August 2018) - InfoJustice.
"Submission to U.S. Trade Representative for the Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under African Growth and Opportunity Act [Docket USTR-2018-0022]"
ReCreate SA calls for creator rights in copyright reform now (23 May 2018) - Mail & Guardian, by ReCreate.
"As creators, we are users of existing cultural products. Currently our work can be blocked through censorship by copyright owners for uses that would be freely permitted elsewhere. Moreover we often do not not own the work we create. And many of us have been disadvantaged by an exploitative system which fails to pay us for our work."