Monday, 6 July 2009

'Non-IP' public lending right for South African authors?

"South African Authors Seek First Public Lending Right In A Developing Country" is the descriptively informative title of an article written by Dugie Standeford for Intellectual Property Watch. The article outlines the proposal, which has been promoted by the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA). Access-to-knowledge advocates and libraries are likely to oppose.

The proposal is for sui generis legislation which would seek to avoid introducing another form of intellectual property right. Only writers residing in-country will be entitled to payment. Remuneration would come not from already-strained library resources but from a central fund provided by Parliament.

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