Other, highly problematic, provisions remain in the Bills such as ‘Fair Use’ which opens the door to wholesale use of your content without approval or payment, and the requirement to register and report on every single act of commercialisation of a production or face hefty criminal sanctions: fines of 10% of your annual turnover and 5 years in gaol!
In all likelihood, the minor revised versions will be adopted, final Provincial voting mandates will be settled in September and the Bills adopted by October/November, then sent to the President for his assent. So the next two months are our very last chance to get our message heard by the Provinces and the President.
We, your industry and all organisations in the Creative Industries, urgently need your help to spread the message by making the “ACT NOW – Stop the Copyright & Performer’s Amendment Bills” campaign go viral. Please like, follow and share all the posts on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and LinkedIn.
We can’t complain when the Bills come into effect and our industry suffers, if we – all of us – haven’t done everything in our power to convince government that these ‘Kill Bills’ threaten the future of the industry and all who work in it.