Unlike trademarks and patents, it is not necessary to formally complete copyright applications in order to protect work classified under this form of intellectual property.
A large number of countries globally operate under the Berne Convention regarding the copyright of work.
Rather than requiring copyright applications, it states that copyright for creative work is automatically in force at creation.
In other words, as soon as the qualifying work is written or recorded on some physical medium, its author is automatically entitled to copyright in the work, and to any derivative works, including its publication, distribution and adaptation.
Because of the lack of formal copyright applications, disputed do arise, and for this purpose it is in the best interest of the parties involved to rely on the expertise of legal representatives in the field of intellectual property.
Smit & Van Wyk is a leader in this field and have the necessary knowledge, skill and resources to successfully navigate through this process.
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