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Freedom of Panorama in South Africa

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This petition calls for the clear and express inclusion of Freedom of Panorama in the South African Copyright Act. We call on the following to be included into the copyright amendment bill:

"It shall be permissible to reproduce, distribute and make available to the public works located permanently in public roads and ways or public spaces. In the case of buildings, this authorisation shall only extend to the façades and interior public spaces thereof."

In this way members of the public will not be needlessly or unknowingly prejudiced when doing reasonable activities such as taking a photograph of a statue in a public space and sharing it on social media.

Thanks to Freedom of Panorama people can freely take and use photographs of public spaces in many countries around the world. People in South Africa, however, currently cannot take pictures of works of copyrighted art situated in public spaces, like the Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and legally share them over the internet on sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Wikipedia. Even artists who paint street scenes will be breaking the law due to there being no Freedom of Panorama. Get the law changed so we, too, can have a right most people in the world already enjoy, to take and share photographs of art in public spaces.

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