College Wins in Copyright Case about Study Guides
BYLINE: FATIMA SCHROEDER
A LECTURER, who took a local health and skin care academy to court and alleged that it had copied study guides she had developed and which she prints and sells to private schools or colleges, has lost an application to prevent the academy from infringing her copyright.
The Cape High Court has also ordered her to pay the academy's legal costs.
Brigitte Bezuidenhout, who has since established a close corporation, Heibix CC, through which she published and sold the guides, claims that she developed three guides.
She lectured part-time at the Isa Carstens Health and Skin Academy until she resigned in March 2000 to work at the Johanna Carstens Academy, now known as the Paarl Institute of Applied Body Therapy and Skin Technology.
She claimed that the academy started buying her study guides and that she assumed that ownership of the copyright was not in dispute.
However, in April this year, she discovered that the academy had started compiling, publishing and distributing study guides similar to hers. …