Works excluded under South Africa Copyright Laws

The protection provided under South Africa copyright laws doesn’t extend to ideas.

To be eligible for protection under South Africa copyright laws the ideas must be expressed in material form. If someone has a great idea and shares that idea with another person who then goes on to publishing it in a written format, the person who’s idea it is, will not have the copyright to the work.

Material or tangible format extends to cover broadcasted, photographed, painted, drawn or composed formats as well. It is however, not possible to get copyright protection for names or titles as trademark protection applies rather than copyright protection.

Public knowledge and common property cannot be protected under the South Africa copyright laws.

Examples of common property are telephone directories or voter lists.

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