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Aren’t they the ones who are pro reverse engineering, would this not count the US Digital Copyright Management Act (DCMA) and EU (database Directive)?
I might be out perspective here, but it seems okay to them to trespass intellectual property but not enter a treaty.
Not as I understand it. I'm putting together a follow-up article that will hopefully tie everything together nicely. These policy recommendations seem to me to come from a place of good intentions. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out, though.
According to the DTI, South Africa must adopt “pro-competitive measures under copyright legislation”. This legislation must provide the adoption and maintenance of broad exemptions for educational, research, and library uses.
The full text of the recommendation is reproduced below for the sake of accuracy:
South Africa should allow software to be adapted to local needs through copyright legislation that allows reverse engineering of computer software programs consistent with its international treaty obligations.
South Africa should not join international copyright treaties that may compromise the government’s stance on social and economic developmental goals.
The DTI said that these are bad models for copyright legislation in a developing country such as South Africa because they are restrictive instruments.
“The DCMA and EU Directive restrict the number of downloads, whether for commercial or personal/research use,” the DTI said.
It is just giving me the wrong idea about what they actually do want to achieve and how they want to proceed on doing so.