What is copyright?
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO):
Copyright and related rights protect the rights of
authors, performers, producers and broadcasters, and
contribute to the cultural and economic development of
nations. This protection fulfills a decisive role in
contributions and rights of different stakeholders
and the relation between them and the public. The
purpose of copyright and related rights is twofold: to
encourage a dynamic creative culture, while returning
value to creators so that they can lead a dignified
economic existence, and to provide widespread,
affordable access to content for the public.
Copyright Act governs all aspects of copyright in
According to the Dramatic Artistic and Literary
Rights Organization Pty Ltd (DALRO):
The South African Copyright Act
98 of 1978, as amended, governs all aspects of
copyright in South Africa. It sets out what is
protected, from what it is protected and for how
long it is protected. Copyright is territorial. The
rights that are protected, the method of protection
and even the period of protection can, and often do,
differ from country to country. The principle of
copyright protection is, however, common to all the
nations which are signatories to the Berne
Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention.
The countries of the Berne Union (of which South
Africa is one) are obliged to incorporate certain
basic principles, or minimum standards, in their
national laws and are bound to offer reciprocal
treatment to works emanating from other parties to
the Berne Convention.
is fair use?
The doctrine of
fair use allows
copyrighted works to be used for purposes such as criticism, news
reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research.
Fair use faq's students and lecturers ask?
The following are faq's
correct that as long as I photocopy 10% or less of a published work,
this is permitted?
May I download and print out an article
from the Internet and photocopy it for my class of 20 students?
Please make use of the
fair use faq website on DALRO
How does fair use apply to lecturers making use of the library
Short Loans Section?
Only materials that comply with copyright
regulations will be accepted for placement in the Short Loan Section.
For more information on copyright regulations, please consult: http://plo.uct.ac.za/user.php
Who owns the
copyright of my work at SU?
to paragraph 2.2.2, of Stellenbosch University
Policy in respect of the commercial exploitation in intellectual
SU holds the copyright of the assignment/thesis/dissertation and may
publish the assignment/thesis/dissertation as it deems fit, including in
paper or electronic format. The
student may also publish the assignment/thesis/ dissertation or a
derivative version thereof on his/her
own or have it published, including in a journal or as part of a book,
provided he/she complies with the
remainder of the terms of this policy prior to making such publication,
including in particular paragraph
3.3 hereof, as it applies to the disclosures of novel inventions,
designs and plant breedersí rights.
How may I publish my work at SU?
conformance with the SU Yearbook, it should be noted that students
may not publish their
assignment/thesis/dissertation or a derivative version thereof in
any form other than as an article in an
accredited academic journal without the prior written approval of
the Dean of the relevant faculty (or his
delegate) unless they first publish the relevant research in one or
more articles in accredited academic
journals recognised for this purpose by SU and they acknowledge in
such articles that the research
contained therein was performed at SU.
SU may, in accordance with Sections 3 and 4 of this Policy,
commercially exploit patents, plant breedersí
rights and designs and related know how emanating from a studentís
Visit the publisher's web page for policies on
Where can I get help and training?
Contact Carol Kat (Tel: 021-808 2992 or
or make use of the
following e-learning material:
information guide for more information on
Copyright for librarians
Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of the
Berkman Center for Internet & Society and
Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), a
consortium of libraries from 50 countries in Africa, Asia
and Europe. The goal of the project is to provide librarians
in developing and transitional countries information
concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to
inform librarians concerning:
- copyright law in general
- the aspects of copyright law that most affect
- how librarians in the future could most effectively
participate in the processes by which copyright law is
interpreted and shaped.
- Cape Higher Education
Consortium (CHEC) Publishing Liaison Office
http://plo.uct.ac.za/user.php [2011, 9
- InnovUS - the technology transfer company of
http://www.innovus.co.za/pages/english/home.php [2011, 9
- Dramatic Artistic and Literary Rights Organization Pty
Ltd (DALRO): [Internet]. Available: http://www.dalro.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=56&nav=2
- SU Senate. 2010. Stellenbosch
University policy on intellectual property. [Internet]. Available:
[2011, 9 September].
- WIPO World
Intelectual Property Organization. 2010.
Copyright and Related Rights.