False Bay College


What is copyright?

Copyright is the right of an author or the creator of intellectual property to control the use of his/her work by others. Copyright in South Africa is governed by the Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (including subsequent amendments), and the Regulations made in terms thereof. This grants owners of copyright (authors and other creators of intellectual property) the right to:

  • Reproduce the work;
  • Create derivative works based on the original work;
  • Distribute copies of the work;
  • Perform the work, or
  • Display the work in public.

Copyright Warning

The Copyright Act of 1978 governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under the requirements of the Act it is acceptable to make single photocopies or other duplicates that are to be used for private study.

Any use of a photocopy or reproduction for purposes not permissible by the Act may render the user accountable for copyright contravention prosecution. Multiple copies of copyrighted material for distribution to students, without the necessary formal permission, is a violation of the Act.

The OLC reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order or to refuse to permit a copy to be made using its equipment, if in its judgment the copy might be in violation of the Copyright Act.