Copyright

  1. With the exception of cinematographic films, copyright is not a registrable right in South Africa.  It is a right that subsists automatically once (i) an original work is created, which (ii) is reduced to a material form.  
     
  2. Copyright may vest in the following –
  • Artistic works – e.g. sculptures, paintings, drawings (including technical / engineering drawings), photographs, engravings, architectural works
  • Literary works – e.g. novels and poems, handbooks, memorandums and reports, letters, tables and compilations
  • Musical works
  • Computer programs and software
  • Radio and television broadcasts
  • Cinematographic films
  1. South Africa is a member of the Berne Convention.

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