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Intellectual Property

South Africa

Copyright Protection Questions

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Copyright registration is unnecessary for articles or work on the Internet since copyright is automatically implied the moment that an original creative idea takes tangible form. As such one doesn’t have to register website content. The problem with this is that many web users mistake content on the web as free to use as they wish because they don’t see a copyright registration mark.

The copyright registration mark certainly helps to deter would be infringes and as such it is recommended that you place it at the bottom of your web pages together with the words Copyright Registered, the symbol © and the year. You can also add the copyright registered mark at the bottom of your articles. You may not, however, use the mark on any work not belonging to you or for which you don’t have copyright licensing rights to usage. Authors, artists, photographers, musicians, and dramatists thus have immediate copyright over their work. Such copyright goes along with certain rights. The question is often to whom the copyright belongs. If the work has been commissioned in terms of a photograph and paid for by the person who commissioned such the copyrights go to that person without the need for copyright registration or a license.

When a journalist works at a newspaper, the journalist retains authorship and the right to acknowledgement, but since the newspaper has provided the resources, employed the journalist for the purpose of writing articles and pays the journalist for such, the copyrights belong to the newspaper. When it comes to computer programs it becomes even more complicated. If the programmer has created the work in the employment of the company and in company hours with the resources of the company, the work will belong to the company, but when the programmer has done so in his or her own time and with their own resources, do the copyrights still belong to the company?

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South Africa

South Africa

We assist with the filing, prosecution and enforcement of your patent, design, trade mark and plant breeders’ rights in South Africa. Copyright dispute resolution and litigation. Franchise agreements and negotiation. Company registrations. Domain name registration and protection.

Patents in Africa, Trademarks in Africa

File in Africa

Foreign clients who wish to file patent, design and trade mark applications in South Africa and across Africa (including OAPI and ARIPO). Our firm acts as a patent agent as well as a trade mark agent for foreign clients who wish to protect their Intellectual Property in Africa.

World, International Protection

International Protection

Local clients who wish to file and protect patent , design and trade mark applications internationally. Our services include the search, filing and renewal of patents and trade marks in foreign markets such as Australia, China, the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc.

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