Copyright Law | Owner of the right to copy

Copyright Law South Africa

The whole concept of copyright law originates with the Statute of Anne (1710) in Britain.

It established the author of a work as the owner of the right to copy that work and the concept of a fixed term for that copyright. It was created as an act “for the encouragement of learning”, as it had been noted at the time that publishers were reprinting the works of authors without their consent “to their very great detriment, and too often to the Ruin of them and their Families”.

As such, copyright was first created with the intention that authors might have some control over the printing of their work and to receive some financial recompense, so that this would encourage them to write more books and thus to aid the flow of ideas and learning.

As the act itself says: “for the encouragement of learned men to compose and write useful books”

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