[Irtalk] Copyright : rebalancing the public and private interests in the areas of education and research

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sun Feb 9 13:45:17 SAST 2014

The general public should have wide access to copyrighted materials for
education and research. However, since the current copyright law system
subtly favors copyright holders, it is time to re-evaluate copyright law to
ensure it meets its original purpose of promoting the learning of the
society. The research primarily focuses on how to broaden copyright
limitations and exceptions for the public to access and use learning
materials. Within the framework of the copyright law system, other
mechanisms that allow users to access copyrighted materials at a reasonable
price also are considered. Such mechanisms include an efficient collective
copyright management system and various licensing schemes. In an
information network environment, it is time for developing countries to
reform copyright law in order to promote education and research. It is
hoped the findings of this study not only benefit South Africa and People's
Republic of China, but also provide insights and guidelines to other
developing countries with similar conditions.

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