South Africa should not join international copyright treaties that may compromise the government’s stance on social and economic developmental goals.
This is the recommendation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in its draft intellectual property policy which was gazetted on Wednesday, 4 September 2013.
According to the DTI, South Africa should consider carefully before acceding to the World International Property Organisation Copyright Treaty and “should not follow the path of the US Digital Copyright Management Act (DCMA) and EU (database Directive).”
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.