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Title:To copyright 'dikosa tsa setso' or not: pondering the challenges
Author:Ratiba, Matome M.
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:South Africa
international law
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC132013
Abstract:This article discusses ways of protecting cultural property, notably traditional songs. This is done firstly by presenting a brief outline of the current litigation in the South Gauteng division of the High Court of South Africa between Gallo Music and Sting Music concerning the copyright on three songs, namely 'Nomathemba', famously sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo under the tutelage of Joseph Shabalala, 'Thula Baba', allegedly copyrighted by Bertha Egnos, and 'Bawelile' by Terry Dempsey. This is followed by a discussion of various initiatives, both nationally and in the international arena, which are geared towards preserving and protecting cultural property. The article touches on the following aspects: (a) intangible cultural expression (music) in the context of intellectual property and copyright regimes; and (b) intangible cultural expression (music) in the context of indigenous traditional knowledge systems. Lastly, a brief review is given of the progress made in South Africa with efforts pertaining to the preservation and protection of cultural music. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]