n Without Prejudice - Saving the rhino : intellectual property

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



Any harm done to a rhino will certainly be frowned upon by the South African legal system. But consider this variation on the theme. AB, an eccentric millionaire, concludes an agreement with ED, an artist, for the creation of a sculpture of a rhino. ED duly completes the sculpture, delivers it to AB, and receives payment. AB, however, decides that he would prefer to have a sculpture of a warthog. He makes it known that he will have the rhino sculpture chopped up into small pieces. ED adopts the position that AB is not entitled to do so, as destruction of the rhino will infringe or in fact destroy his intellectual property rights.

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