Not out of the woods yet


Whilst the case may boil down to truth about a promise made concerning an idea, neither “copyright”, “patent”, “trademark”, “geographical indication”, “trade secret” and “design” or “intellectual property” are mentioned in the judgement..

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The value of IP and unlocking the collective benefits of compliance.

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Unpacking the argument of the SAMPRA "Mobile DJ (Featured music)" License

An argument has arisen recently by the attempt of a Collecting Society to make a DJ an interested party and responsible (under the Collecting Society’s view of the law) for purchasing from the Collecting Society of a “Mobile DJ (featured license)” in order for the DJ essentially to ply his or her trade, playing music to others.

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"Black Box 3"

Adressing and detailing the black box practice germane to musical and literary work royalty supply chain management systems in the context of the music and film industries, this paper addresses the role and definition of an 'interested party' in any work, and the practices that result in royalty income going into the black box, as opposed to the rightful owners.

"There is arguably one singular and primary reason for the continued sustainability of the black box practice and that is that the active archive of record database, of all works, CIS-Net by FastTrack, is held privately and subject to private limited and restricted access. See through the copyright prism of movable property rights and financial assets, CIS-Net by FastTrack allows for what must be one of the last bastions of unregulated financial markets, a database of 35+ million works that is inaccessible to governments, authors and copyright owners alike."

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The Music Industry - A brief review" - The Matatiele Talent Workshops for Jaziel Music

The Music Industry - A brief review" - The Matatiele Talent Workshops for Jaziel Music at the Pyramid, Eloff St Ext, Village Deep Johannesburg Gauteng - 29th Oct 2013 - A workshop for those considering and involved in, a career in the music industry

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Response to SAMPRA

re the POSA Trust Communications to SAMPRA copied to SAMRO

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Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property, 2013

Response to Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies invitatsubmit written comment in respect of the IP Policy Document.

The focus of this comment relates in the main to copyright and related rights not addressed in the policy.

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Black Box 2

Royalty distribution practices at one CMO SAMRO concerning works where there is insufficient information.

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Music Business Lecture

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
25th March 2011
Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Judge President John Hlope's call to Africanize law

Commentary in support by Graeme Gilfillan
17th July 2009
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Clarifying the history, roles, responsibilities and regulatory environments concerning collection societies in South Africa

Commentary motivated by “Report of the Meeting of the Deputy Minister Tobias-Pokolo with the music sector stakeholders 2010” with specific reference to Collecting Societies and to the need for intervention”.

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2010: Shake 'n Wake in the music industry.....again!

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2010
Music Business Lecture

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Entertainment Law

A lecture presented at University of Johannesburg (RAU) for the Entertainment Law Certificate course which provides a brief outline of Musical Copyright and exceptions thereto, as well as a brief exposition of the music industry in South Africa - collection societies, music commissioned or licensed for use in feature films, tv programmes, internet, mobile phones and other new media.

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Collective Management of Copyrights

A paper delivered for ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation), Harare, December 2006, which deals with the future challenges facing collection rights management (including digital rights) in the Southern African region.

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Identifying Pirated Materials

A paper delivered for ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation), Harare, December 2006, which deals with identifying pirated materials (CD, DVD and digital) including evidenciary and investigative techniques.

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Nisa has designed and developed distinctive courses of relevance to the Entertainment industry amongst them being:
- The Business of Music Course
- Producers & the Use of Music in Film
- Copyright and Contracts for the Entertainment Industry.