Welcome to this Guide on Legal Deposit matters relating to South Africa. Legal deposit is mandated by law and administered by the Ministry of Arts and Culture via an appointed Legal Deposit Committee, to ensure that South Africa's cultural heritage is preserved for future generations.
Legal deposit with libraries does not provide copyright protection. Copyright protection is governed by the SA Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (as amended) and is granted automatically once a work is created. Only films need to be registered.
Some linked material on this LibGuide is copyright protected, so please ensure when using the material beyond 'Fair Dealing', that you obtain the necessary copyright permission from rightsowners.
Handout for libraries and publishers