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Turns Out It’s Illegal To Reshare Memes, According To South African Copyright Laws

Turns out we are all lawbreakers.

South Africa's copyright Amendment Bill is due to be adopted by the National Council of the Provinces this Wednesday. The country has been operating on copyright legislation written in 1978 and updated in 2002, two years before Facebook was invented. So it goes without saying that the laws in place are seriously outdated and don't consider the Internet much, if at all.

According to IOL, Wikimedia ZA president Douglas Scott said the current law has contributed to the country falling behind on technology.


He was quoted by the news website as saying:

"Memes are not allowed under the Fair Dealing law. Also, the sharing of pictures of public monuments is most probably illegal, it's just that it has not been tested in court yet. Wikipedia doesn't accept photos of newly-built monuments because of the current act, only pictures of colonial-era monuments, such as the Rhodes statue, because its copyright license has expired."

The Internet is disrupting everything, and calls for new laws to be in place. But our authorities aren't moving fast enough, especially in these parts. For instance, the South African music industry still doesn't have a system in place to factor in stream numbers when calculating song and album sales the way RIAA does in the US. More about that here.

The Copyright Amendment Bill has attracted a lot of criticism mostly from creators—mostly musicians and authors. The bill aims to make information free for all, but at the expense of creators and publishers. The bill allows for unrestricted copying of content provided it's for educational purposes, and allows for creators to not be credited "if not practicable."

The bill has too many loopholes that will affect artists, creators and the publishing industry. It's been estimated that if the bill is passed as a law, which could happen this week, there will be a 33% decline in sales, leading to an approximate loss of R2.1 billion in revenue for the publishing industry. A steep price to pay for free information for all.

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Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.

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Listen to Jidenna's New Album, '85 to Africa'

Plus watch the music video for his latest single "Worth the Weight" featuring Seun Kuti.

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A head-nodding Afro-R&B track produced by Killertunes.

Mr Eazi seems to be in unstoppable work mode right now as he's been popping up in big singles and collaborations all over the place this summer, as well as continuing his emPawa Africa initiative.

For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

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"Doyin" is the first song released through emPawa Distribution, a digital music aggregator focused solely on distributing African music, which Eazi announced after the success of emPawa Africa. Speaking of the initiative, emPawa Africa is now reopened to submissions that will help fund the music videos of 30 up-and-coming artists and offer mentorship from big name artists.

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Listen to Rick Jade (Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly)’s Album ‘D.N.A (Da New Africa)’

Rick Jade release their debut album.

Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly, collectively known as Rick Jade, aren't half-stepping. Today, the couple released their debut album D.N.A (Da New Africa).

D.N.A consists of 10 songs that dabble in pop, trap and even kwaito. Guest features on D.N.A include Forcalistic, KLY and some members of the collective Frsh Citizen, which Bontle and Priddy are part of.

In his previous projects, Priddy Ugly had some moments of showing emotion and sharing intimate details of his life. But on D.N.A, he explores that side of himself further.

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