CopyrightX:UCT application deadline extended application deadline for CopyrightX:UCT has been extended until 27 January 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 January 2017.

CopyrightX is a course taught globally by copyright experts at numerous leading institutions under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Through a combination of face-to-face seminars at UCT, pre-recorded Harvard lectures, readings, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in CopyrightX:UCT will learn about copyright law in both South Africa and the US, and examine and assess the ways in which copyright law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression. Some reference will be made to South Africa’s ongoing copyright revision process.This course has been offered annually at UCT since 2015.

Nine contact sessions will take place at UCT on Wednesdays between 15 February 2017 and 26 April 2017. These seminars will be taught by UCT IP Unit director Dr. Tobias Schonwetter. The course is free of charge, and those who meet the attendance requirements and pass the exam will receive a certificate from Harvard. A small admin fee of R700 is charged if participants request a UCT certificate of attendance, provided they meet the attendance requirement of 80%.

Applicants must provide a motivation of approximately 400 words stating why they wish to participate in CopyrightX:UCT, and how they plan on utilising their knowledge afterwards. Applicants are expected to actively participate in the course and attend the weekly seminars at the University of Cape Town.

To apply send your motivation letter and completed registration form to

For more info on the course click here. Last year’s syllabus can be found here.