About Us


Our History

E stablished in 1999 as a Section 21 Company, an association not for gain, SAFACT's primary role is to protect the intellectual property rights of its members in the Southern African film, home entertainment and interactive games industries.

SAFACT's mission is to create an anti-counterfeiting climate in which the purchase, sale or possession of counterfeit goods is actively discouraged and intellectual property rights are respected. The Motion Picture Association has been involved in anti-piracy activities in South Africa since 1981. SAFACT was formed by companies in the entertainment industry involved in the production and distribution of motion pictures and interactive games. The South African Police, Customs, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Justice Department assist SAFACT in enforcing intellectual property rights. Based in Johannesburg, SAFACT has compliance offices in Cape Town and Durban.

SAFACT plays a critical and increasing role in protecting intellectual property rights in Southern Africa, and will continue in its efforts to reduce piracy to more manageable levels. This is an ongoing challenge aggravated by the introduction of new technology. Piracy is controlled by syndicates and organized crime and has caused significant economic losses to the country. Piracy on disc format, i.e. DVD, VCD and CD-ROM, has been on the increase at an alarming rate in recent years. This is now SAFACT's main focus of attention.

Piracy is enabled by international and local syndicates seeking financial gain through various forms including online advertising. It has all the characteristics of organized crime with low risk factors for the pirate operator due to weak legislative measures and has resulted in significant economic losses to the country. Piracy in South Africa in any format has been on the increase at an alarming rate in recent years.

SAFACT holds general Power of Attorney’s granted by its member companies.

SAFACT fulfils its mission through compliance and legal actions, ongoing awareness campaigns and educational activities.

SAFACT interacts with the South African Police, Customs, DTI, Specialised Commercial Crimes Courts, Film & Publications Board and the Receiver of Revenue

WHAT SAFACT CAN DO FOR YOU !

Strategic Priorities

SAFACT fulfills its mission through aggressive compliance and legal actions coupled with ongoing awareness campaigns, capacity building in relevant organs of state whilst leading efforts to create a harmonized and integrated legislative environment in South Africa and the region.

The state agencies that SAFACT interacts with include the South African Police, Customs, DTI, Specialized Commercial Crimes Courts, Film and Publications Board and the Receiver of Revenue.

What is our duty

SAFACT's strategic priorities are to:

  • Advocate respect for intellectual property rights.
  • Increase the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Assist in increasing the State's capacity to successfully prosecute copyright theft.
  • Undertake initiatives towards improving the legislative environment in respect to intellectual property.
  • Create an environment in which counterfeiting is socially unacceptable.

Core Services

Types of Content Theft Protected Under the Safact mandate

  • Digital recording devices
  • P2P
  • Streaming
  • Optical disc theft
  • Theatrical print theft
  • Screener theft
  • Signal theft
  • Illegal public performance
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Piracy Enforcement

 
 

Phisical Piracy Enforcement

  • Types of infringing goods
  • Physical Piracy investigation

Digital Piracy Enforcement

  • Computer Forensics
  • Cell phone Forensics

Online Piracy Enforcement

  • Monitoring of the web for infringing content on sites
  • Investigation
  • Types of infringing content

Legal Services

  • Case Administration
  • Intellectual Property Rights Protection

Content Protection Advocacy

  • Product Identification Training
  • Legal Training
  • Theatre Security Training

Education and Awareness

Research and Lobbying

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Your Piracy Reporting has always been appreciated by SAFACT, we will investigate your tip-off as soon as possible.


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SAFACT's mission is to create an anti-counterfeiting climate in which the purchase, sale or possession of counterfeit goods is actively discouraged and intellectual property rights are respected.

Introducing SAFACT - The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft