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The Constitutional Court Has Released An Official Statement To The Public

The activists believed the court should affirm a request for protected weakness made by the Gauteng High Court sitting in Pretoria, such that the 1978 Copyright Act is illegal.

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The high court had administered the demonstration was unlawful on account of the obstructions it forced on people who are visually impaired or outwardly impeded who need to change over books into open arrangements like Braille.

Contending the case for the activists, advocate Jonathan Berger said they needed the court to "read-in" or embed the proposed area 19D of the Copyright Amendment Bill.

Berger said this would make exemptions for the Copyright Act to help the visually impaired and individuals with visual and print incapacities and incomprehensibly further develop admittance to understanding materials.

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"We are requesting that the court make this perusing in quick, and make the consideration long-lasting in the event that Parliament doesn't determine issues with the Copyright Amendment Bill in one year or less."

Right now, assuming an individual who is visually impaired changes over a text into a configuration that they can peruse, without the copyright holder's consent, they can be fined, detained or sued.

Berger said assuming the court were to arrange the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition to make guidelines and give a time span inside which to get it done, the time period would should be essentially as short as is sensibly conceivable.

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