The Afro-IP blog posted an entry last week about a new law in South Africa regarding IP rights. The blog post publishes the following quote from the Department of Science and Technology:
“The specific object of the legislation is that intellectual property emanating from publicly financed research and development should be commercialised for the benefit of all South Africans, and protected from appropriation.”
Of course, it is not without criticism – see the linked article here from a technology news site called “IT web” for some comments from Andrew Rens, who is an intellectual property fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation.
“The Bill will have wide-ranging consequences for the South African research community … the country could see a decline in research co-operation from international consortia with universities, a decline in philanthropic funding and a move away from open access.”