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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 | March 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 to as [...]

By | May 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 | March 17th, 2010|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , , |

Take-down Notice and Take-down Procedure

A take-down notice is a means of removing potentially offensive content from the internet and is part of the take-down procedure. It is a time and cost efficient way of removing content but, it only applies in certain circumstances. If [...]

By | July 11th, 2009|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 | October 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 | August 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 | August 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 | August 13th, 2008|Categories: Internet Law|Tags: , , , |