In 2008, the DTI sought to give effect to its policy on traditional knowledge by introducing the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill. The Bill proposes amending the Copyright Act, the Designs Act, the Trade Marks Act and the Performers Protection Act.
The aim of the Bill is to include "traditional knowledge" or cultural expressions as part of the subject matter of those Acts. In essence this refers to folklore, traditional art and music, traditional designs and signs, and the performance of traditional works.
CASA is concerned that the Bill has progressed through the legislative process despite widespread criticism and opposition from legal experts, practitioners and industry stakeholders. In addition, the Bill has been amended to introduce new matter that has not undergone the proper consultation process required of our Democracy.
For CASA's Press release and Presentation to Government, view or download the PDF here