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The statutory privatisation of publicly funded knowledge through the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research Act


Stop the Regulations with the African Commons Project

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The African Commons Project has launched a campaign to stop and the regulations proposed control research under the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research Act.

The campaign calls for an extension of the time for those concerned (which includes every academic and researcher in South Africa) to comment on the draft. The call which has already met with (partial) success by a brief but significant extension to 29 May 2009.

The African Commons project campaign page enables you to respond with links to the Act, and academic studies across the world of the effect of similar legislation, as well a collaborative drafting process to analyse and respond to the many concerns raised by the regulations. Join the campaign now!

Brief extension for comment on IPR from Publicliy Financed Research Regs

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

A number of organisations have received communication from the Department of Science and Technology advising that the period for comment on the draft regulations to be made in terms of section 17 of the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research Act has been briefly extended to 29 May 2009. A government notice is expected to be published shortly.

Given the time that it will take researchers to become aware of the regulations, and then to try and make some sense of the regulations, and formulate responses the extension, although welcome, is far too short. The minimum time necessary for researchers to grapple with these far reaching and invasive provisions would be four months, uninterrupted by the need to ask for constant extensions. Time to formulate responses remains desperately short.