The Copyright Amendment Bill (CAB) has confused "fair use" as a distraction and misdirection from the real issue about the CAB that allows multi-national companies and digital service provider's to continue their unfair business practices unabated. The real issue with the CAB is Safe Harbour and South African lobby groups and government are completely silent about it.
Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon (FAMGA) have a market share of $3.5 trillion. These businesses utilize algorithms to understand their users, collect data on their habits and find better ways to sell their services and products. Apps are intelligence gathering devices which capture data to be sold off to advertising companies, data miners and other willing buyers. This data is regarded as “the new gold”.
Despite the Ministers satisfaction with the Copyright Review Commission (CRC) Report, the South African music industry is a long way from transparency and transformation.