"There is a dire and overdue need for an IP policy for South Africa, as there is for a co-ordinated
approach. However to be effective South Africa needs to drop the ‘one size fits all’ approach to IP. The requirements and challenges for copyright are not the requirements for patents, trademarks and
designs. Whilst a lenient approach to limitations and exceptions with generic medicines may be
appropriate as policy, the same applied to copyright has disastrous outcomes."
Meanwhile, in a press release yesterday, the focus of The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) is quite different. Graeme's concern is primarily local creatives whereas SACCI's focus in on the effect of the draft policy as an incentive for foreign investment.