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You will need to supply:
● the title, language and publication date of the work (if published)● your interest in the work● information about any persons authorised to assign or license the copyright● a signed declaration by the author, if you are not the author
You must also supply three copies of the work as soft copy (3 sets on CD) or as hard copy.
A minimum period of 30 days is allowed for any objections to your copyright registration application.
Any objections will be made on the grounds that the copyright lacks originality. Third-party objections are not encountered. Further, objections from the Copyright office will have to be responded to within 15 days.
Once any objections have been settled, your application is examined. If issues are discovered, you will be given the opportunity to address them.
Your copyright will be registered and you will receive a certificate of registration.
The usual term of a copyright is for the author’s lifetime, plus 60 years from the start of the calendar year after the death of the author. In situations of joint authorship, the term extends from the death of the last author.