South Africa: SA's Ebrahim Patel to Meet Us Trade Rep On Copyright Bill Tension

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The tension arises from a US decision to review South Africa's preferred trade status in response to a complaint filed on behalf of large US entertainment companies concerning the pending Copyright Amendment Bill.

The Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel will be meeting with the US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Emmet Lighthizer "soon" in the US, about the USTR's decision to review South Africa's eligibility for trade preferences to assist developing countries in Africa.

The Department of Trade and Industry's spokesperson Sidwell Medupe said in response to the Maverick Citizen's query on the matter: "We can confirm that Minister Patel will meet with the United States Trade Representative Robert Emmet Lighthizer soon and our position will be communicated after the meeting."

Medupe would not be drawn into the specific date for the meeting, though stakeholders close to the unfolding process report that the meeting is likely to happen this week still.

The USTR's decision to review South Africa's preferred trade status is in response to a complaint filed on behalf of large US entertainment companies concerning the pending Copyright Amendment Bill. The US entertainment companies have complained that the bill's fair use and other exceptions are too broad. They...

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