oa Juta's Business Law - '...until the fat ladies have sung...'

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-7061



It often happens in the musical world that two people together create a song - the one writes the lyrics, the other, the music. Well-known examples are Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Bernie Taupin and Elton John. The copyright in the lyrics is not protected as part of the musical work but subsists independently in the lyrics as a literary work (s 1(1) of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 ('the Act') sv 'literary work' and 'musical work', respectively).

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