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Copyright Guidelines for Staff & Students of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS): How to apply for copyright

This LibGuide provides definitions, legislation and procedures for copyright clearance for teaching and research purposes.

Applying for Copyright


Teaching staff are responsible for clearing copyright, whether they do it themselves or get an admin staff member or student to do it for them.  If an admin person/student will be doing this, then please complete the Data Sheet for each title you use.

To clear copyright, please complete the Online Copyright Form. and submit.  You will then receive an email with the attached form in Excel format so you can file it in a folder for record-keeping purposes. You do not need a login code.

Unfortunately this new system (2016) does not have a copy facility, but it should be a lot quicker to complete now. Any queries can be directed to


Denise Nicholson