Copyright Applications | Property of the Creator

There are no copyright applications in this country. Once a creation of the mind has been put into tangible form, it automatically becomes the property of the creator. Copyright applies to

  • Literary works (eg. novels, poems, textbooks, letters, reports, lectures, speeches)
  • Musical works
  • Artistic works (eg. paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs)
  • Cinematograph films and video recordings
  • Sound recordings
  • Broadcasts (electromagnetic transmissions intended for reception by the public)
  • Programme-carrying signals (a programme signal that passes through a satellite)
  • Published editions of books (usually the first print of a literary or musical work)
  • Computer programs (instructions directing the operation of a computer)

Copyright Articles

  1. Copyright for Cinematographic Film
    If you want to register copyright on a cinematograph film in South Africa, you will have to complete a copyright application…
  2. Copyright Infringement on the Internet
    Too many amateur photographers make the mistake of thinking that any photo they upload to the internet will automatically…
  3. Software Copyright
    Once the computer program is created in a material form, the work is instantly subject to copyright…
  4. Copyright in South Africa
    There are two principal international copyright conventions, the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright…
  5. Cinematograph Films Copyright Registration
    The only form of copyright which can be registered in South Africa, is copyright in a cinematographic film…
  6. USA Copyright Registrations
    In the U.S copyright registrations can be filed through the United States Copyright…
  7. Copyright Facts
    The general rule is that the author / writer / photographer / creator is the first owner of copyright…

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