South African Copyright Amendment Bill
The South African Chapter is following the progress of the Copyright Amendment Bill in South Africa. For more information, you can follow the links below.
- Denise Nicholson maintains a great resource on the progress of the Copyright Amendment Bill (CAB): Copyright and Related Issues
- You can find a copy of the current Bill and trace its long history on the Parliamentary website.
- Denise Nicholson has written an informative article given her interpretations on the state of affairs with the Bill (There are more articles on this by Sanya Samtani, Cory Doctorow and also by Denise.
- You can also have a look at Denise’s archive of Copyright and A2K Issues and her LibGuides).
- Recreate has published an open letter to the President in support of the Bill and a statement on the Bill’s return to Parliament.
- Creative Commons South African Chapter has sent a letter to the President urging his assent to the Bill that has now been returned to Parliament.
- Copyright Bill is a gateway to accessible knowledge and creativity – not American roulette
- South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill Returned To Parliament For Further Consideration
- Does The South African Copyright Bill Promote Plagiarism?
- Are Fair Use Provisions in the SA Copyright Amendment Bill Far Broader than in the US?
- Copyright Bill could make cost of studying cheaper
- The New Draft Copyright Bill Could Help Unlock the Doors of Learning and Culture
- Commonly Asked Questions about the Bill
- Provisions in the Bill for Education, Research, Libraries and Archives, etc. and Persons with Disabilities
Some helpful sites and documents
- Denise Nicholson’s blog is a useful resource on Copyright.
- An Open Content Finder has been created by the University of Cape Town (UCT) to function as a collaboratively sourced directory of open educational resources, including open textbooks, that can be of use in remote teaching and learning. Drawing content from a number of OER repositories and aggregators, all content is CC licensed. UCT also has a simple-to-use resource on Creative Commons Licensing and Open Education Resources.
- Open access policies that specify the use of Creative Commons licenses can help to share information on critical topics such as COVID-19. There is also a page on Creative Commons’ Response to COVID-19.
Do you know there is a Creative Commons font called the CC Accidenz Commons? It is available under a CC license (naturally) and is free to download, use, and of course, customise. It can be used with word processing software, such as MS Word, and email apps. To use it, download it (it’s tiny at about 14k) and double click to install it. It will then appear in the list of fonts as “CC demo medium”.