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Copyright Act, 1978 (Act No. 98 of 1978)

Chapter 1 : Copyright in Original Works

5. Copyright in relation to the state and certain international organizations


(1) This Act shall bind the state.


(2) Copyright shall be conferred by this section on every work which is eligible for copyright and which is made by or under the direction or control of the state or such international organisations as may be prescribed.


(3) Copyright conferred by this section on a literary or musical work or an artistic work, other than a photograph, shall subsist for fifty years from the end of the year in which the work is first published.


(4) Copyright conferred by this section on a cinematograph film, photograph, sound recording, broadcast, programme-carrying signal, published edition or a computer program shall be subject to the same term of copyright provided for in section 3 for a similar work.


(5) Sections 3 and 4 shall not confer copyright on works with reference to which this section applies.


(6) Copyright which vests in the state shall for administrative purposes be deemed to vest in such officer in the public service as may be designated by the State President by proclamation in the Gazette.