Copyright Law Blog

How to Copyright Literary Works

Copyright in literary works does NOT have to be REGISTERED in South Africa. Literature includes books, blogs, essays, memoirs, novels and poetry. Once the literary work is created in a material form, it is instantly subject to copyright and the owner may use the...

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How to Copyright Computer Programs & Software

Software copyright does NOT have to be REGISTERED in South Africa. Once the computer program is created in a material form, the work is instantly subject to copyright. The general rule is that the "person who exercised control over the making of the computer program"...

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Copyright Registrations for a Cinematographic Film

The only form of copyright which can be registered in South Africa, is copyright in a cinematographic film. Any other form of creative work is instantly subject to copyright the moment it is created in a material form. No registration is necessary. (Literacy, Music,...

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Copyright Registrations USA

In South Africa once the work is created in a material form, the work is instantly subject to copyright. In the U.S copyright registrations can be filed through the United States Copyright Office by a copyright attorney. Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. copyright attorneys...

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Copyright Facts

COPYRIGHT does NOT have to be REGISTERED in South Africa and the UK. Once the work is created in a material form, the work is instantly subject to copyright. The general rule is that the author / writer / photographer / creator is the first owner of copyright in the...

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How to Copyright my Photographs?

Can Photographs be protected by Copyright: All photographs are subject to copyright. The moment a photo is taken and saved onto film or memory disk, copyright comes into existence. The general rule is that the person responsible for the composition of the photograph...

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