Copyright Films in South Africa

It is possible to copyright films in South Africa under the Copyright Act of 1978, because any cinematograph film or storage, fixation, and production such as signalling of data to produce the work fall under the protection. This means that the soundtrack of the...

How to Copyright Films

What is Copyright? A copyright is an exclusive right granted to an author of original work for a limited period of time. For a work to be eligible for copyright protection, it must be original and be reduced to material form. In South Africa all these works are...

Copyright Photographs

Copyright Photographs When it comes to the protection and ownership rights of a photograph, there is still a lot that can be done in South Africa. It is not possible to register copyright for photographs in South Africa. Unlike other forms of intellectual property,...

Recipe Patents in South Africa

Recipe Patents in South Africa Is it possible to patent food recipes in South Africa? According to the Patents Act No. 57 of 1978 of South Africa, a patent may be granted for any new invention which involves an inventive step and which is capable of being used in...

Chobani Greek Yoghurt’s lawsuit Tweet

Chobani Greek Yoghurt‘s recent tweet caused a copyright infringement lawsuit from Dov Seidman against it’s New York-based Chobani and its advertising agency Droga5. Author Dov Seidman is suing for copyright infringement stemming from an ad campaign that...

Do consumers have the right to resell music?

ReDigi.com is a website where you can buy pre-owned music from other users or sell your own pre-owned music straight from the users’ Cloud space. The system is set up in a way that allows users to buy and sell pre-owned digital music direct from one user to...

Facebook Copyright Hoax

Have you recently seen copyright notices on some of your friends’ Facebook updates? They claim to prevent Facebook from owning or commercially exploiting their photos, videos and other content. The copyright notice implies that Facebook has recently changed the...

Michael Jackson Copyright Lawsuit

Michael Jackson‘s estate filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Howard Mann in 2011 for establishing an unauthorized website  that revealed unreleased Michael Jackson songs and photographs. The lawyers claimed that all the assets are owned by the estate...

How to protect your Copyright

In South Africa there is no official form of copyright registration. All original work is protected by copyright from the moment it is set in physical format. So how do you protect your copyright? You need to prove that you are the creator of the work and you need...
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