Can a website provider use third-party content on its website without permission from the third-party content provider?
No. This would amount to a contravention of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 if the content as the copyrighted work was first published in South Africa or made by a “qualified person” (a South African or company registered and incorporated under the laws of South Africa). The responsible Minister has, however, in Regulations made in terms of section
Website content, whether it be text, music or graphics are all forms of works which are subject to copyright protection.
Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – e-Commerce 2009, (published in August 2008 – contributing editor Robert Bond). For further information please visit www.GettingtheDealThrough.com.