Copyright is the right whereby certain products of the mind are protected by law. The Copyright Act (Act 98 of 1978) states that copyright is breached if a person who is not the owner of the copyright in any way reproduces literary or musical works without the owner's permission.

South Africa is a signatory of the Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. As a member of the Bern Union, South Africa is compelled to ensure that its copyright laws comply with specific minimum requirements. Consequently, it undertakes to treat the works of other countries in the same manner it does.


The Library and Copyright

  • Lectures can place material on eReserves for students, and the Library staff will see to it that copyright clearance is processed whenever necessary. 
  • To arrange training regarding copyright and plagiarism, contact: