Legal use of the information

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Before you start

STEP 1: STARTING out

STEP 2: FINDING

STEP 3: EVALUATE

STEP 4: Legal and ethical USE

- Plagiarism

What is it?

What is a paper mill?

Consequences

Detection tools

- Copyright

SA copyright law

What is it?

Get legitimate exemption?

Who is the owner?

How long does it last?

Penalties?

Why get permission?

How to get protection?

What is protected?

What is not protected?

Trademark / patent?

Copyright in the Library?

Internet and e-mail?

Text for class arrived late?

Contact for permission?

Practical tips

Own vs others work

- Quiz

STEP 5: COMMUNICATE

What are the penalties for copyright infringement?

The author or holder of his/her licensee (in some cases) can take legal action where there is an infringement of his/her rights. The remedies provided include delivery of the infringing material, damages and an interdict preventing further infringement of his/her rights. The courts have the power to award additional damages where there has been a flagrant infringement of copyright.

The Copyright Act also makes provision for criminal penalties - a fine (of R5 000) and/or imprisonment of up to three years per infringement for a first conviction. The maximum fine and/or imprisonment penalty for second conviction is R10 000 and/or five years, per infringement.