The Copyright Act 98 of 1978 regulates Copyright Law. Copyright protection is granted for literary, dramatic, musical, computer programs and artistic works (creative works). The basis for protection is that the work should be reduced to material form, therefore a mere idea will not be granted protection.

At the moment, the only copyright that needs to be registered is copyright in film. All other forms of copyright automatically arise once the idea has been reduced to material form.

The person who creates the work (author) will be the owner of the copyright, unless where such author was under an employment contract for example, at that point the copyright will belong to the place of employment.

How long is a copyright valid for?

Generally, a copyright lasts for 50 years from the end of the year in which the author dies.

Should you need more information on how to go about protecting your IP, please do not hesitate to fill in our submission form on our contact page and we will contact you to set up a consultation.