December 2009 Workshop On Copyright Users' Rights and Documentary Film in South Africa

PIJIP Report and Short Film on Documentaries and Copyright Clearance


10 December
Film Screening and Discussion - The Order of Myths
The Laager at the Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg

11 December

Workshop - User’s Rights in South Africa’s Copyright Law: What are They and How Can Filmmakers Use Them?
"SAB World Of Beer" Conference Venue, Newtown, Johannesburg

12 December
Workshop - Expanding the Utility of Users’ Rights: How Can Filmmakers Engage in Educational and Law Reform Projects
"SAB World Of Beer" Conference Venue, Newtown, Johannesburg

Sponsoring Organisations

  • Women of the Sun
  • Documentary Filmmakers Association
  • Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University
  • Center for Social Media, American University

Funded by

  • The Ford Foundation
  • The Gauteng Film Commission
  • Underdog Productions


  • The goals of the workshop include to help filmmakers understand the circumstances in which they may legally use copyrighted material in their expressive work without licence, and to deliberate on ways filmmakers can undertake projects and activities to expand the scope and utility of such “users’ rights.”
  • The event will feature the launch of Untold Stories in South Africa: The Creative Consequences of the Rights Clearance Culture for Documentary Film, a final report and short film from a year-long study of the degree to which documentary filmmakers in South Africa understand and utilize copyright users’ rights.

Presenters and facilitators

  • Margaret Brown, Producer and Director – The Order of Myths
  • Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law
  • Peter Jaszi, American University Washington College of Law
  • Freddy Ogterop, Visual History Archive, University of Cape Town
  • Andrew Rens, Shuttleworth Foundation; Creative Commons South Africa
  • Eve Rantseli, Women Of the Sun; The South African Screen Federation 
  • Marc Schwinges, Documentary Filmmakers' Association; The South African Screen Federation