Copyright Amendment Act, 1983
To amend the Copyright Act, 1978, with respect to certain definitions; so as to limit copyright in certain artistic works of which three-dimensional reproductions were made available to the public; to facilitate the establishment of certain facts in actions brought by virtue of certain provisions of the said Act; to make further provision for the regulation and control of the distribution, performance or exhibition of works without the consent of the copyright owner; and to make provision for the regulation and control of the reproduction or adaptation of certain artistic works without the consent of the copyright owner; and to provide for incidental matters.
(English text signed by the State President.)
(Assented to 20 May 1983.)
Be it enacted by the State President and the House of Assembly of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:―
2. Section 15 of the principal act is hereby amended by the insertion after subsection (3) of the following subsection:
“(3A) (a) The copyright in an artistic work of which three-dimensional reproductions were made available, whether inside or outside the Republic, to the public by or with the consent of the copyright owner (hereinafter referred to as authorized reproductions), shall not be infringed if any person without the consent of the owner makes or makes available to the public three-dimensional reproductions or adaptations of the authorized reproductions, provided―
3. Section 26 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the addition of the following subsection:
“(8) Where in an action brought by virtue of this Chapter with respect to the alleged infringement by a person of the copyright in any artistic work of which three-dimensional reproductions were made available, whether inside or outside the Republic, to the public by or with the consent of the copyright owner, it is proved that such reproductions at the time when they were so made available bore a label or other mark specifiying the following claims, namely―
(which claims may be indicated by means of the symbol “©” in conjunction with the name of the relevant person and the relevant year) it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved―
4. The following section is hereby substituted for section 45 of the principal Act:
6. (1) This Act shall be called the Copyright Amendment Act, 1983, and shall come into operation on a date fixed by the State President by proclamation in the Gazette.
(2) Different dates may be fixed under subsection (1) in respect of different provisions of this Act.