n Without Prejudice - Ownership of copyright by employers : intellectual property

Volume 9, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



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 [2008] 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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