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The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 59: “It’s a Racist Policy” – Ben Cashdan on the U.S. Effort to Derail South Africa’s Copyright Reform

South Africa spent years embroiled in a high profile effort to update its copyright law responding to concerns from creators, the education community, and the visually impaired that the longstanding laws did not serve the national interest and were harming creativity and access to knowledge. Its Parliament ultimately passed progressive reforms in 2019, but the bill languished on the desk of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who faced enormous trade pressures from the United States and European Union to not sign the bill and stop it from becoming law. Last month, he seemingly caved to the pressure, citing constitutional concerns in sending it back to the Parliament.

Ben Cashdan is a South African documentary film maker and television producer who was active during the copyright reform process. He worked with Recreate ZA, which brought together a broad coalition of creatives, to advocate for both the interests of owning copyright in their own works, and in fairly using copyrighted materials in the creation of new works He joins me on the podcast this week to discuss the decade-long reform process, the external pressures, and explains why he thinks those pressures should be viewed as racist policies.

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July 13, 2020 1 comment Podcasts

Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright

My colleague Jeremy deBeer is one of several researchers who has edited a new volume that provides a detailed look at the role of copyright on access to knowledge in Africa.  The full book is available as a free download.

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August 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled News

Nobel Laureates Fear IPR Stifles Innovation

IP Watch reports on a recent speech from two Nobel Prize laureates on how intellectual property protection is closing down access to knowledge.

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July 7, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

Is Canada Against Access to Knowledge?

Delegates from around the world are meeting in Geneva this week to work on the critically important World Intellectual Property Organization Development Agenda.  The WIPO Development Agenda represents a major effort from developing countries to ensure that global IP policy adopts a broader perspective by better reflecting the needs of […]

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June 13, 2007 2 comments News

A2K Rising

I spent the Friday and Saturday at Yale Law School’s Access to Knowledge conference. It is still early days in this movement, but witnessing the growth of the network and commitment to this issue is incredibly exciting.  The conference has a detailed wiki for those interested in the panels, which […]

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April 23, 2006 1 comment News