About R12bn of SA’s exports could lose preferential access to US markets if a lobby group convinces the Donald Trump administration to withdraw SA’s trade status should the contentious Copyright Amendment Bill be passed into law in its current form.

Parliament recently approved the bill, which is now awaiting President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signature before becoming law. The bill proposes changing the country’s copyright regime, which includes the introduction of the “fair use” principle which, in effect, allows for the free use of copyrighted content.

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