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Copyright Guidelines for Staff & Students of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS): Author's Rights

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

Authors' Exclusive Rights in SA Copyright Law

Authors and creators have these exclusive rights in terms of the SA Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (as amended):-

  • To reproduce the work in any manner or form;
  • To publish the work if it has not been published before;
  • To perform the work in public; To broadcast the work;
  • To cause the work to be transmitted in a diffusion service;
  • To make an adaptation of the work

(These activities also apply to adaptations)

Creative Commons / Open Licensing

Bargaining for Better Publication Rights

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