Video Game Modification in South Africa

Pieter Koornhof, Jesse Wrensch

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This article explores the extent to which the practice of video game modification (commonly referred to as modding) is regulated under South African law. The relevant copyright laws (including impending changes to such laws) are explored, along with practical considerations such as the impact of end-user licence agreements. This is then compared to the position in the USA. The authors argue that modding is likely lawful under South Africa, and that steps should be taken to offer more clarity for modders in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalSA Intellectual Property Law Journal
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2017

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  • Video games
  • modding
  • intellectual property law
  • South Africa
  • modification

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    Koornhof, P., & Wrensch, J. (2017). Video Game Modification in South Africa. SA Intellectual Property Law Journal, 5, 75-88.