n Without Prejudice - Ownership of copyright by employers : intellectual property
|Article Title||Ownership of copyright by employers : intellectual property|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Author||Eugene Honey and Wim Alberts|
|Publication Date||Oct 2009|
|Pages||31 - 32|
The general rule applied in South African copyright law is that an employer is the owner of any copyright created by an employee while fulfilling his duties. The application of this rule is, however, not free from difficulty. The matter received some attention in the recent decision in King v The South African Weather Service  ZASCA 143. The appellant, a meteorological officer, claimed to have written weather computer programmes at home, and alleged that it was not part of his duties to do so.
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