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Author: Hanibal Goitom

Date: December 21, 2018

Original Source: Law Library of Congress

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South Africa: National Assembly Passes Copyright Amendment Bill, Adopts Expansive Fair Use Exception

(Dec. 21, 2018) On December 5, 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly, one of the houses of the country’s bicameral legislature, passed the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2017, which seeks to amend the 1978 Copyright Act. (Mercedes Besent, Copyright Amendment Bill Passed, SABC NEWS (Dec. 6, 2018); Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (hereinafter “the principal Act”), National Library of South Africa website.) Before the Bill can be enacted, as required by the Constitution, it must be passed by the National Council of Provinces, the other house of the country’s Parliament, and signed by the President. (SOUTH AFRICA CONSTITUTION, 1996, § 75, South Africa government website.)

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