Are you protecting your work adequately? Do you need to find out where you stand with a client? Find out all you need to know about copyright.

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Geof Kirby in Parliament on the Copyright Amendment Bill

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Safrea's Geof Kirby presents the case for the removal of clauses from the DTI's Copyright Act Amendment Bill to Parliament's Portfolio Committee.

Latest version of Copyright Amendment Bill

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Invitation to Comment on the Proposed Copyright Amendment Bill. Deadline Monday 29th May 2017.

2015 DTI Copyright Amendment Bill for Photographers

Presentation by Safrea's Geof Kirby of the Safrea working sub-committee on the 2015 DTI Copyright Amendment Bill for photographers.

Geof Kirby on the New SA Copyright Act Amendments

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On 27th August 2015, Geof Kirby shared his knowledge with Safrea in the Western Cape at a meeting held in Newlands. Here are some low resolution videos you may view of his presentation. A PDF copy of his presentation notes may also be downloaded or viewed online.

Safrea on content re-use in publications

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The Southern African Freelancers’ Association (Safrea) is concerned about the increased frequency with which publishers are republishing freelancers' commissioned and ‘on spec’ content in other publications in their stable or online without agreement from the relevant journalist, photographer or designer, and without paying them for the re-use.


What is copyright?

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Copyright law protects the works of artists, and prevents others from publishing, profiting from or proffering an original creative work as if it were theirs. The law applies to the works of journalists, authors, scriptwriters, poets, as well as artists, photographers, cinematographers, composers and songwriters, among others. The law also covers manuals, advertisements, catalogues, brochures, and compilations of information.

Know your intellectual property rights

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There have been a number of recent cases in which contributors' work has been sold internationally without the contributors' consent and without the contributor benefitting financially from the sale of THEIR intellectual property. In most of the cases the contributor was not even credited as the author of the work. We advise that you know your intellectual property rights.

E-TV lose in copyright case

E-TV told to pay up for failing to credit the photographer, ask permission or pay for the picture they used.

Copyright explained

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Legislation governing copyright ownership is contained in the Copyright Act 1978 with subsequent amendments and is quite clear on the initial ownership of copyright.

Advice on Copyright Infringement

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Advice on copyright, for photographers and some writers who come across blatant infringement.

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