Copyright Bill holds ominous implications for artists
21 September 2015
The new Copyright Bill holds ominous consequences for all artists in South Africa and comes down to a song such as Steve Hofmeyr’s “Pampoen” will one day automatically belong to the state if the singer is no longer alive, Adv. Anton Alberts, the parliamentary spokesperson on trade and industry says.
The sinister Bill was quietly published in last month’s Government Gazette. It contains various worrying aspects, of which the most important is that inheritance of copyright goes to the state.
Adv. Alberts says this affects all artists such as writers, film makers, photographers, sculptors, painters, musicians etc.
According to media reports today, the Bill of the department of trade and industry stipulates that ownership of all copy right after a person’s death will automatically and permanently be transferred to the state. As far as it is known there is no such rule in any country in the world.