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18 March 2019
Under South African statute, the owner of copyright in a work is given the exclusive right to perform certain specified acts in respect of their work or authorise others to do so, thus preventing unauthorised persons from performing those acts.
However, only certain specified categories of work defined in the Copyright Act are eligible for copyright protection.
Only works that fall within the following categories are eligible for copyright protection:
The respective terms of copyright protection for the different categories of work are as follows:
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