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Safrea concerned about new Copyright Amendment Bill

The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) has announced its concerns after the new Copyright Amendment Bill was submitted to parliament today. Safrea said it supported lobbying efforts from the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors in South Africa (Anfasa) and the South African Guild of Actors (Saga) on issues pertaining to the new bill.
Safrea concerned about new Copyright Amendment Bill
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“The effects of the bill on freelancers and all professionals seeking copyright freedoms are immeasurable at this point, but are concerning to say the least,” says Safrea chair, Laura Rawden.

As an association that advocates for and supports the rights of its members, all of whom are media freelancers, Safrea appeals to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry to consider the unsatisfactory aspects of this bill. Specifically, the use of unauthorised copies and lack of royalties delivered to authors from the sale and licensing of their books. This has a direct and negative impact on writers, journalists, editors, newspapers, filmmakers, news writers and scholarly authors.

Lack of protection

For actors, concerns are centred on an individual's right to their own image. “The lack of this protection in South Africa underpins many of the exploitative practices currently driving our local television and film industry,” says Saga vice chair, Adrian Galley.

Senior members, Geof Kirby and Gareth Griffiths engaged with the bill on behalf of Safrea when issues pertaining to members’ rights and best interests were initially raised in 2015. Kirby remains involved regarding photographer-specific copyright issues. Safrea hopes all these voices will be heard and understood. “We need to stand in solidarity on this,” says Rawden.

30 Jun 2017 14:26