For the first time in South Africa, there is the possibility of a statutory mechanism that secures the economic content of the rights that performers are routinely required to transfer to the producer. Through the Copyright Amendment Bill we have a realistic hope of negotiating equitable contracts.
SAGA Report on DSAC Statement of 25 March 2020
The measures proposed in the minister’s statement are based on the announcement by the president on 15 March 2020 which declared a National State of Disaster. The announcement of 15 March restricted public and private gatherings to less than 100 people and Min. Mthethwa describes this necessary measure as being a ‘fatal blow’ to the sector.
Unfortunately, not all the proposals contained in the minister’s statement account for the further development and subsequent announcement by the president on Mon 23 March 2020 which declared a national shutdown as of midnight, Thurs 26 March.
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