By law, we are obliged to comply with the South African Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (as amended). University of Pretoria’s policy ensures that we respect the rights of authors and publishers, and pay reasonable licence fees, where required by law. Copyright infringement could result in legal action and possible awards of damages.
The viability of local publishers depends on compliance with the Copyright law.
Copyright gives authors an incentive to create new works and to be compensated for their efforts.
Infringement deprives them of an income and affects sales, prices and production of works.
Acknowledgement is given to the University of the Witwatersrand, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Services Office, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013.