New copyright bill may negatively impact publishers - PASA

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Cape Town - The publishing industry in South Africa will experience significant negative consequences should the proposed exceptions of the 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill be introduced, according to the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA).

The association presented arguments in this regard to Parliament earlier this week, based on an economic impact assessment by PwC on the detrimental impact certain provisions of the bill could have on the publishing industry.

An overwhelming majority of 89% of the publishers surveyed in the assessment believe the promulgation of the bill, as currently worded, will impact negatively on their operations. In many cases the response to these negative impacts would be significant restructuring, retrenchments and – in some cases – business closure, in their view.
 
The report found that the proposed amendments would result in declining revenue from sales of educational publications, a sharp reduction in licensing income via collective management organisations and an erosion of the incentive for the creation of educational works.
 
PASA pointed out that these findings are largely consistent with a review of available literature on the impact of copyright reforms in Canada and the potential impact of similar reforms once contemplated in the UK.

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