The Mad Hatter in Wonderland: South Africa’s New TK Bill
Prof. Owen Dean, IP Watch, 8 November 2011

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA: In this article, Prof. Owen Dean comments on South Africa’s recently passed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill, the so-called Traditional Knowledge Bill, noting the law is unworkable and is destined to be a dead letter. By seeking to protect TK as species of copyright, designs, etc. and to attempt to apply the existing laws in these areas to it, it has purported to create rights which are simply incapable of being enforced, he says. He adds that an enormous edifice of bureaucracy, councils, funds, trusts, databases and registration systems is to be created to no avail, since the system is not capable of being operated. Read the article …

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