It seems that daily we discover new ways of ‘publishing’ ourselves. Long gone are then days when published books and the stage were the only places to express ideas and stories.

But with such an expansion of media opportunities and greater accessibility, copyrights are certainly also more exposed to infringement, even if it is unintentional.

So how do you know what is protected by copyrights?

In most countries, it isn’t necessary to formally go register a piece of work to enjoy copyright protection. Any original work made by a qualified person is eligible for this protection.

This means that all pieces of work created through the application of the author’s own creativity and labour are protected by copyrights.

If you suspect the integrity of your work is being compromised, you can consult a legal representative at Smit & Van Wyk Incorporated.

We are leaders in all legal matters concerning intellectual property in South Africa, including issues revolving around various types of copyrights.

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