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12/01/2011

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South Africa chose to pass the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill before WIPO released it’s model law, only time will tell whether the recently passed amendments to the South African Copyright Act, the Performer’s Protection Act, the Trade Mark Act, and the Design Act are the proper vehicle for protecting traditional knowledge. However, on it’s face, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill will not provide indigenous communities such as the San with the intellectual property rights they desire, nor the compensation they deserve, and it is only a matter of time before the next corporation makes millions of dollars

released it’s model law, only time will tell whether the recently passed amendments to the South African Copyright Act, the Performer’s Protection Act, the Trade Mark Act, and the Design Act are the proper vehicle for protecting traditional knowledge. However, on it’s face, the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill will not provide indigenous communities such as the San with the intellectual property rights they desire, nor the compensation they deserve, and it is only a matter of time before the next corporation makes millions of dollars by misappropriating knowledge or biological material from indigenous communities.

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