Relaying a call from our friends in South Africa to help amplify their
ongoing effort to reform their national copyright legislation. The two
major issues raised
are familiar for us in the Asia-Pacific region (Freedom of Panorama and
fair use), and some may find it instructive or even inspiring to replicate
similar efforts in their respective country.
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Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2023 at 23:50
Subject: [Publicpolicy] Support Wikimedia South Africa & Copyright Reform!
I'm writing to ask for your help to support Wikimedia South Africa in the
coming weeks and advocate for copyright reform.
Douglas Scott, from Wikimedia South Africa, will be speaking at four
provincial hearings starting tomorrow, Feb. 21, to advocate for the
Copyright Amendment Bill in South Africa . Efforts to reform copyright
laws in South Africa can have a positive ripple-effect across the continent
and the free knowledge movement at large. We can support him as part of
that same movement.
1) Amplify tweets from Wikimedia South Africa  and ReCreate South Africa
, an allied organization. This will be particularly helpful if you do so
on the days of the hearings (dates below).
2) Write to the media in South Africa. You can submit an opinion article to
South African newspapers and new agencies like Business Day, Daily
Maverick, IOL, and GroundUp, where you explain why it is important to have
freedom of panorama in the law . If you come from a country that has
fair use  like the US, Singapore, or Israel, you can focus on how
helpful that legal doctrine has been in helping your country promote
innovation and free knowledge. Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL),
a nonprofit that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in
developing countries, provides an example of how to help through media
support . EIFL explains how they delivered comments on South Africa's
CAB and the significance of the process.
- 21 February 2023: (17:00-19:00) Stellenbosch Town Hall, Stellenbosch
- 1 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Darling Town Hall, Darling
- 6 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Overstrand Municipal Hall, Hermarnus
- 7 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Provincial Legislature building, Cape Town
Ziski & the WMF Global Advocacy Team
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There is an ESEAP meeting this Sunday.
ESEAP 29th Meeting - Wikimedia East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Sunday, 12 February 6:00 - 8:00 UTC
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■ Wikimania 2023 updates for ESEAP (6:00 UTC)
■ ESEAP Interim Hub Committee updates (6:10 UTC)
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■ University Thesis to Wikidata by Tamsin Braisher (6:20 UTC)
■ Wikidata+OpenRefine by Margaret Donald (6:50 UTC)
■ Module:PopulationFromWikidata, New module automating the updating of
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■ WikiForHumanRights 2023 Updates (7:50 UTC)