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America’s IP enforcement coordinator issues report calling for strong protection domestically and abroad

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Vishal Amin, has issued the United States Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property covering the period 2020-2023. The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) is based on a comprehensive government-wide approach focusing on developing America's overall intellectual property policy "to advance innovation and creativity, and to ensure effective intellectual property protection and enforcement, domestically and abroa...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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South Africa’s National Assembly passes controversial Copyright Amendment Bill

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South Africa's National Assembly has officially passed the proposed Copyright Amendment Bill, which has been criticised by groups representing creators and creative industries for introducing too many exemptions to copyright and promoting a wide notion of what constitutes "fair use."

Members of the Parliament from the Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance, the African Christian Democratic Party, and the Freedom Front Plus rejected the bill, but legislators from the ruling ANC party ...

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IPA, STM, IAF and IFFRO urge South African legislators not to adopt the proposed Copyright Amendement Bill

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Ahead of a pending vote on February 29 by South Africa's National Assembly on the contentious Copyright Amendment Bill, four organisations represnting rights holders have added their voice to those opposing the proposed text and urged legislators not to pass the Bill.

In a joint statement, the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM), the International Authors Forum (IAF), and the International Federation...

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CISAC urges South Africa’s National Assembly not to adopt the proposed Copyright Amendment Bill

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The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has joined its voice to the local and global community of creators concerned by the pending adoption by South Africa's National Assembly of the proposed Copyright Amendment Bill and asked the country's representatives not to proceed with the adoption of the controversial legislation.

Gadi Oron, Director General of CISAC, whose members represent over five million creators around the world, has come in "support" to S...

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