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 permission of the owner.

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 certain minimum requirements, and consequently, it undertakes to treat the works of other countries, in the same manner, it does its own.


The Library and Copyright

  • Course reserves: Your Campus Library can be contacted for short loans and electronic reserved material. Library staff will see to it that copyright clearance is processed whenever necessary. 
  • To arrange training regarding copyright and plagiarism, contact: