South Africa Executive Policy Brief: ACA2K Project

Posted: 18 Apr 2016

Date Written: 2009


This study focuses on the law and policy for the promotion of access to knowledge and learning materials in South Africa especially against the backdrop of the social and economic needs in the country. Essentially, the South African copyright regime is examined to determine whether it adequately creates a balance between copyright owners and users while promoting access to knowledge and learning materials. Some international frameworks in this regard are also examined. Among other findings, the study finds that the key pieces of legislation/regulation in the area of copyright law, the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 and its Regulations, do not make use of many of the flexibilities contained in TRIPs and other international copyright treaties and agreements, particularly in relation to copyright exceptions and limitations.

Keywords: Access to Knowledge, Copyright Law, South Africa

Suggested Citation

Ncube, Caroline B., South Africa Executive Policy Brief: ACA2K Project (2009). Available at SSRN:

Caroline B. Ncube (Contact Author)

University of Cape Town ( email )

Private Bag
Rondebosch 7701
South Africa


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