—U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8
Under 17 USCS Section 102 the following is protected:
Copyright is a 'bundle' of exclusive rights, given to authors and creators, to protect their original works (i.e. literary, musical and artistic works, cinematography films, sound recordings, published editions and computer software). It is not the 'right' of the user to copy!
Authors and creators have these exclusive rights in terms of the SA Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 (as amended):-
(These activities also apply to adaptations)
Copyright provides an incentive for creativity and a means of financial compensation for authors and creators of intellectual property.