CIPA, COSBOTS set record straight on copyright

CIPA Copyright administrator, Keitseng Monyatsi
CIPA Copyright administrator, Keitseng Monyatsi

The Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) copyright administrator, Keitseng Monyatsi, has said that the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act (2006), gives the creator of a song or any other literary or artistic work economic and moral rights.

Monyatsi explained that economic rights grant the owner of the work the right to authorise or prohibit the use of a work in a manner that can potentially attract economic gain. She further stated that includes acts such as reproduction, performing the song, communicating to the public and others, meaning that any use of a work without authorisation of the owner amounts to copyright infringement.

There has been confusion on what copyrights law says about the use of artists' work by another especially to gain profits or without permission.

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