The author of an original work enjoys copyright protection on this piece of work, entitling him with the exclusive rights for a certain period of time.
This includes actions such as the publication, distribution and adaptation of the work in question. Gauteng copyright lawyers Smit & Van Wyk Incorporated can help you determine whether your work or work in your possession is protected by copyright law.
After the specified time period is over, the work is said to enter the public domain. For most media the time period has been standardised internationally, and lasts between fifty and a hundred years from the author’s death. For anonymous and corporate authorship the period can be shorter.
Gauteng copyright lawyers Smit & Van Wyk Incorporated specialises in all matters related to intellectual property, and we will gladly help you determine the validity of copyright protection, or assist with any queries you might have regarding this topic.