SOUTH AFRICA’S COPYRIGHT LAWS | VOICE OF WITS

Following some 70-plus sets of submissions and a lot of heated debate in Parliament, the decision has apparently been taken to send the Copyright Amendment Bill back to the drawing board, again. Whilst looking better than its predecessor that made its debut in 2015, the 2017 Bill unfortunately also failed to pass muster with words such as ill-considered, nonsensical and ridiculous used to describe its provisions and practical implications. Werina Griffith spoke to the Law Focus team on Voice of Wits about Copyright basics and the Copyright Amendment Bill.

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LOUIS VUITTON AND THE BASOTHO BLANKET | POWER FM

Iman Rappetti talks to Partner, Darren Olivier, and Associate, Maureen Makoko, about the upcoming Adams & Adams IP Evening Series, as well as the recent controversy over Basotho designs and well known fashion house Louis Vuitton as a case study.

Speaking about the IP Evening Series in Soweto on 27 July, Darren explained that “fashion and crafts are a vibrant industry amongst entrepreneurs in Africa, and we are taking IP to the former townships to help entrepreneurs cost effectively use IP systems to create value for their creativity“. You can learn more about that initiative here.

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HELPING A YOUNG MOM WITH HER STUDIES | GOOD MORNING ANGELS

On Wednesday, 21 June, Adams & Adams had the privilege of helping a student, Lisa Maloyi to complete her studies at Damelin so that she can achieve her dream of working in IT and supporting her family. Dave Forbes, the firm’s COO, shared the good news with Lisa on Jacaranda FM’s Complimentary Breakfast Show.

Yonelisa (Lisa) is a young, single mother. However, she didn’t become a mother by choice. Yonelisa is one of too many young South African girls who have been violated by rape. At the tender age of 13, she fell pregnant after a rape attack by a neighbour. Yonelisa had her baby and with the help of her mother, Portia and went back to school. Portia, a single mother of three, works part time as a domestic helper and does what she can for her family.

With Portia’s support and encouragement, she finished her matric. Lisa got a first year bursary to study IT at Damelin college – an opportunity she made the very best of. Portia’s employer helped with her tuition fees for the second year and also raised R10 000 for her third year. Half way into her final year, she however has to come up with another R28 000. That’s all that stands between her and a chance at employment as an IT-professional, that would give her entire family a better chance in life.

Adams & Adams will pay the remaining R28 000 in tuition fees to enable Lisa to complete her third and final year of IT studies at Damelin. The law firm has also offered Lisa an interview for an internship at their head office in Pretoria once she has completed her course.

Our thanks goes to the Jacaranda FM Good Morning Angels for allowing us to be a part of their fantastic goodwill programme.

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COUNTING THE COST OF UNLICENSED SOFTWARE

IT-Online recently reported that South African companies paid more than R3,64-million for using unlicensed software in 2016, according to data from BSA | The Software Alliance.

The figure includes settlements (R1,66-million) and the cost of acquiring new software to become compliant (R1,98-million)

Darren Olivier (Partner) spoke to Gugulethu Cele (Kaya FM) about the report and the concept of software licensing.

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CASHING IN ON MADIBA’S LEGACY

The City of Cape Town announced its plan to create the Madiba Legacy Route to enhance tourism in Cape Town.

Provincial MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, said up to 100 000 jobs could be created as a result of this plan. This raises the question: Is Madiba’s name free for everyone to use?

Nishan Singh, attorney and partner at Adams & Adams says Madiba’s name is owned and protected by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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