Why you should register a copyright in South Africa
- If you are the creator of an original work, copyright gives you exclusive rights to that work for a limited timeframe.
- A copyright is an exclusive right granted by law for a stipulated period to an author, filmmaker, musician, designer or programmer for their original work.
- A copyright does not need to be registered until it is released in material form, such as a book or an album
- The owner of a copyright has the right to produce and sell copies or reproductions of the work, import or export the work out of the country, create derivative works, perform or display the work publicly, or sell usage rights.
- Registering a copyright will enable you to take legal action against anyone reproducing fake copies of your work.
- You can register your copyright with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
Copyright gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights over that work for a limited time frame.
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