Annual IP Public Lecture – 6 October 2015

The Chair of Intellectual Property Law will present the annual IP Public Lecture on 6 October 2015 with Prof Owen Dean, incumbent of the Chair of IP Law and consultant to Spoor & Fisher.

The topic of Prof Dean’s lecture, Copyright as an Agent of Social Justice, will present a perspective on the “Lion Sleeps Tonight” case which was led by Prof Dean and marked a watershed moment in the development of South African copyright law.


Intellectual Property is viewed by some as an unwarranted  monopoly and as an instrument of oppression used by haves against have-nots. It is increasingly being attacked and maligned from these quarters. Copyright, as a species of intellectual property, is tarred with this brush. But this prejudice loses sight of the fact that copyright is freely available as a facility to all who have a creative bent. Copyright is bestowed automatically and gratuitously. Even the most humble and economically disadvantaged person can own it and benefit from it. It provides a ready means for acquiring wealth. In so doing it can be an instrument for achieving social upliftment and justice. This point is demonstrated by the renowned  “Lion Sleeps Tonight” case which serves as an example of copyright atIP Public Lecture 2015 Invitation 2 work in a worthy cause.


6 October 2015




Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law

JC de Wet Hall

Ou Hoofgebou Room 1023

Corner of Victoria & Ryneveld Street


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By 2 October 2015

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Tel – 021 808 9371 (08:00 – 14:00)

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