Public Domain Works

Public domain works refers to intellectual property that is not owned by anyone. The term indicates that these properties are therefore "public", and available for anyone to use. The public domain can be defined in contrast to copyright, trademarks or patents. Furthermore, the laws of various countries define...
Copyright Applications

Copyright Applications

It is not necessary to formally submit copyright applications in order to receive copyright protection. Copyright exists automatically in force...

How to protect your Copyright

How to protect your Copyright

Copyright attorneys will tell you that copyright in South Africa, as in many other countries, does not need to be registered. Unlike patents, trademarks...

Copyright Attorneys

Copyright Attorneys

Smit & Van Wyk is an intellectual property law firm located in South Africa. Our copyright attorneys have experience dealing with copyright and trademark related...

Copyright Protection in South Arica

Copyright Protection in South Arica

Copyright is just one of the four divisions that fall under the general heading of Intellectual Property, and there are South African attorneys who have had special training in the subject and will...

How to Copyright Films

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...

How to Copyright Films

Copyright Photographs

Copyright does NOT need to be registered in South Africa It is not possible to register copyright photographs in South Africa, unlike other forms of intellectual property, copyright vests in the...

How to Register Copyright

How to Register Copyright

Copyright is different from other forms of intellectual property because copyright does NOT have to be registered in South Africa & the UK. Once the work is created in...

How to Copyright Music

How to Copyright Music

Copyright protects original musical works. Unlike patents, trademarks and designs, the rights associated with copyright rest in the author of a work once the work is created in a material...