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Intellectual property: the lesser-known actor in film making
Spoor & Fisher
  • Intellectual Property
  • South Africa
  • 15 February 2021

In the film industry a lesser-known actor, so to speak, is intellectual property. This article explains the ins and outs of creative rights in the film industry. Film makers must be able to prove that they own all of the rights to every piece of content in their film. If film makers did not originally create something, they will need a document showing that they have authority (usually ownership of all rights, including in particular, copyright) of use and copying.

Wine as case study for diverse IP rights
Spoor & Fisher
  • Intellectual Property
  • South Africa
  • 23 November 2020

With regard to the IP rights that exist in viticulture and viniculture, winemaking provides a comprehensive case study when unpacking plant breeders' rights, registered designs, patents and trademarks. At each step of the winemaking process, products of the human intellect or creations of the mind are at play. This is exciting, but contains a worthwhile lesson for those developing or manufacturing a product: there are IP rights that come into existence and they may require legal protection.

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