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Film and Publications Bill – Internet Censorship?

Last week, the South African parliament passed the Film and Publications Bill (or the Film and Publications Amendment Bill). There has been a great deal wrong with the Bill since it was first proposed, and we joined many other interested [...]

By |2019-06-27T09:43:51+02:00March 13th, 2018|Categories: Digital Entertainment Law, Internet Law, Media Law, Social Media Law|

Online Regulation Policy

The FPB published the Draft Online Regulation Policy on 4 March 2015 for public comment. With the increase in the use of portable devices for gaming and social networking, and the rise of high-speed broadband internet, more content is accessible to all of us. The [...]

By |2017-12-07T07:01:30+02:00March 5th, 2015|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , |

Legal disclosures required in email and social media disclaimers

We are often asked what legal disclosures does the law require us to include in our email disclaimer - the legal content often found in the footer (at the foot) of an email or on a website (also commonly referred [...]

By |2019-07-22T14:48:48+02:00May 17th, 2014|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , , , , |

Don’t ignore the legal considerations when creating a website

Many people do not take into account the legal considerations when creating a website. There are many things to take into account and often the legal aspects get neglected. In some people's view the legal considerations are not important or [...]

By |2019-08-01T14:34:43+02:00March 17th, 2010|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , , |

Can a web site provider link to third-party websites without permission?

This is not expressly prohibited by any law, but may possibly amount to a contravention of the provisions of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978. Broadly speaking, copyright is the right given to the owner of a copyrighted work not [...]

By |2019-08-24T11:11:56+02:00October 26th, 2008|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , , , |

Tests used to determine jurisdiction for Internet based transactions

What tests or rules are applied by the courts to determine the proper jurisdiction for Internet-based transactions (or contentions) in cases where the defendant is resident or provides goods or services from outside the jurisdiction? The general principle for a [...]

By |2019-08-24T11:49:16+02:00August 14th, 2008|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , |

Legislation that governs business on the Internet

The ECT Act introduced to South Africa formal legal recognition of electronic commerce. It provides for the facilitation and regulation of electronic communications and transactions, including issues relating to electronic signatures, electronic evidence and computer crimes. Its primary objective is [...]

By |2019-08-24T11:50:12+02:00August 13th, 2008|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , , |

The government’s attitude to Internet issues

How can the government's attitude and approach to internet issues best be described? During both the pre and post-apartheid periods, the South African government embarked on a mission to formulate information and communications technology policies. There have been multiple ICT [...]

By |2019-08-24T11:53:26+02:00August 13th, 2008|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , , |