Hello everyone, I have just received word from the DTI that they are
extending the deadline by 15 days from the 27th August to the 16th
Thanks for research Rupert! You raise some good points and highlighted
some great examples from other countries. I also had a look at the UK
version as well, which is indeed good, but I am a bit concerned about how
complex it is as it distinguishes between 2D graphic works, 3D works (like
sculptures and buildings) and 2D "works of artistic craftsmanship".
However you are right about the freedom of panorama for 'public interiors'
aspect of it, it would be nice to have that as well.
However we then should try to distinguish between 2D graphic works
displayed for a restricted time in places like galleries (interiors) and 2D
works or works in general (on exteriors like graffiti) so that the law can
project the copyrights of artists displaying their work. The Indian law
looks too restrictive to me as basically any 2D work is off limits and
makes not distinction between interior and exterior works or length of time.
*Basically anything that is on permanent display in a public space
(interior or exterior) and including temporary displays in public exterior
spaces should be open for Freedom of Panorama. Whilst 2D graphic works on
temporary display in interiors in public spaces should be protected so as
to protect the copyright of -for example- artists displaying their work for
sale in galleries. *That's my suggestion.
On 18 August 2015 at 10:27, Linda Sibisi <djmlindos(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Good morning there guys and how are you?
Mr Linda Sibisi
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On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM, ubuntupunk(a)gmail.com <
On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 12:30 AM, Douglas Scott <
> > Hello everyone,
> > As many of you no doubt know the Copy Right Act 1978 section 15 (3)
> > <
has been a bone of some contention for the
South Africa Wikipedia
for a long time now as it has effectively meant
that we here in South
Africa are denied Freedom of Panorama
Last week I was fortunate enough to have attended an event organised by
Tobias Schonwetter from UCT (and from Creative
Commons South Africa) to
discuss a suggested redrafting of the act. I am happy to say that I
was able to make a good case to the relevant
authorities from the
Department of Trade and Industry as well as others present for the need
> revise the act to allow for Freedom of Panorama. I feel they were very
> sympathetic to our concerns about the need and desirability of Freedom
> Panorama in South Africa.
> Now comes the hard part. We need to work on a suggested revision of
> Section 15 (3) (or Section 15 generally) to allow for Freedom of
need to do it quickly as the deadline for submissions to change
> act is the 27th of August 2015.
> My suggestion is to use the Spanish or German Freedom of Panorama acts
> guidelines for us which basically state that
people are free to take
> pictures or otherwise reproduce works that are permanently found
public ways, streets or places (e.g. squares,
plazas) and to distribute
> publicly communicate such copies.
> Or as the Spanish act says: "Works permanently located in parks,
> squares or other public places may be freely
> communicated by means of paintings,
drawings, photographs and
processes." and goes on to state that this "may not be so interpreted
> they could be applied in a manner capable of unreasonably prejudicing
> legitimate interests of the author or
adversely affecting the normal
> exploitation of the works to which they refer."
> I want to notify the community of this opportunity for us to amended
> act as well as the progress the Chapter
(Wikimedia South Africa) has
possibly getting Freedom of Panorama established in South Africa.
I also wanted to let you know that should you have any comments of your
> on the amendment of the Copy Right act of 1978 then please have a look
> > the link here
> > <
> for more information as well as the contact details of the contact
> > at the DTI.
> > Thanks and best regards,
> > Douglas.
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