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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

You are in discussions with a potential investor, a potential joint venture partner, licensee or distributor of your intellectual property.  Protecting your intellectual property is critical.  Can you trust them?  Will they walk away with your intellectual property?  How do [...]

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , |

Why Have an Intellectual Property Strategy?

Do you have a robust intellectual property strategy?  And why does it matter?  Intellectual property is one of the key assets of an organisation.  It is becoming of ever-increasing importance in this digital world where ideas and information can be accessed, [...]

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , |

Top Five Legal Issues Writers Face

When it comes to legal issues writers face, the challenges may differ according to the category each writer falls into. Academic writers, for example, may face completely different legal issues compared to novelists and poets. The one thing that is certain [...]

By | April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , |

3D Printing Law – What is illegal?

3D printing law is a collective term for the areas of law that are likely to be impacted by the technology of the moment - 3D printing. Already 3D printers have been used to make customised prosthetic limbs, surgical implants, [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|Categories: IT Law|Tags: , , |

What is Intellectual Property or IP?

Intellectual property or IP is property created by someone's mind or intellect the mind, including literary and artistic works, inventions, designs, symbols, names and images. We are often asked "what is intellectual property", or to "make sure that we own [...]

By | August 7th, 2013|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , , |

Who owns web site posts?

A common issue nowadays is who owns the copyright in content posted to web site posts or blogs - content in the form of text, visual images or the like, where a web site allows this sort of participation by [...]

By | February 18th, 2009|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , |

Employer v Employee: who owns that copyright?

Your employee develops software for his own use to improve his work performance or use by the employer. Who owns the copyright in the software? At a first glance, the answer seems obvious: The Copyright Act 98 of 1978 indeed makes [...]

By | February 17th, 2009|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: |

Liability for online content mistakes

When would a website provider be liable for mistakes in information which it provides online?  Can it avoid that liability? The general principle is that a website provider must ensure that the content on the website is accurate and will [...]

Copying from online databases without consent

If a website provider includes databases on its site, can it stop other people from using or reproducing data from those databases? Yes. A database is protected as a literary work under the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 whilst computer [...]

By | October 21st, 2008|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

By | September 27th, 2008|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , |