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   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 articulating the 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.

  Which Copyright  Act governs all aspects of copyright in South Africa

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.

  What 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 students ask:
Is it 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:

  Who owns the copyright of my work at SU?

  • Assignment/thesis/dissertation

According to paragraph 2.2.2, of Stellenbosch University
Policy in respect of the commercial exploitation in intellectual property:

 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?

In 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 assignment/ thesis/dissertation.

Visit the publisher's web page for policies on self-archiving within SUNScholar.

  Where can I get help and training?

Contact Carol Kat (Tel: 021-808 2992 or e-mail or make use of the following e-learning material:

  • Publishsa copyright information guide for more information on copyright issues

  • Copyright for librarians course
    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 libraries
    • how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.

  Useful links

  • Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) Publishing Liaison Office [Internet]. Available: [2011, 9 September].
  • InnovUS - the technology transfer company of Stellenbosch University [Internet]. Available: [2011, 9 September].
  • Dramatic Artistic and Literary Rights Organization Pty Ltd (DALRO): [Internet]. Available:
  • SU Senate. 2010. Stellenbosch University policy on intellectual property. [Internet]. Available: [2011, 9 September].
  • WIPO World Intelectual Property Organization. 2010. Copyright and Related Rights. [Internet]. Available: [2011, 9 September].





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