Media Law

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All means of mass communication (including television, radio, and newspapers). We especially focus on new media, social media or digital media. We also provide legal solutions for a brochure or catalogue website. We have also helped hundreds of online stores, marketplaces, and communities. You can read our advice, or about the products or services we offer related to this focus area below:

Information that must be on your website

The law requires that certain information appears on your website.  Section 43(1) of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT Act) is the relevant legislation.  Very few websites comply with this section despite it being applicable to most web sites.  [...]

By |October 1st, 2010|Categories: Internet Law, Media Law|Tags: , |1 Comment

Cyberbullying v Freedom of Speech

Many people around the world reacted strongly against "cyberbullying" or cyber-bullying after the suicide of Megan Meier in 2006. She committed suicide after alleged online harassment by a fictitious "teen boy" who turned out to be the mother of a [...]

Take my photo off your website!

It happens daily: we share photos of ourselves, our families and our friends with others on the Web, especially through social websites like Facebook. Or we email photos for various reasons to a long list of recipients. Or we forward [...]

By |February 26th, 2009|Categories: Media Law, POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Who owns web site posts?

A common issue nowadays is who owns the copyright in content posted to web site posts or blogs - content in the form of text, visual images or the like, where a web site allows this sort of participation by [...]

By |February 18th, 2009|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection, Media Law|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Liability for online content mistakes

When would a website provider be liable for mistakes in information which it provides online?  Can it avoid that liability? The general principle is that a website provider must ensure that the content on the website is accurate and will [...]

Copying from online databases without consent

If a website provider includes databases on its site, can it stop other people from using or reproducing data from those databases? Yes. A database is protected as a literary work under the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 whilst computer [...]

What can’t be advertised on the Internet?

Are there any products or services that may not be advertised or types of content which are not permitted on the Internet? In terms of ASA, the following has been identified as unacceptable advertising: Advertisements that play on fear ( [...]

What rules govern advertising on the Internet?

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) governs and regulates advertising in South Africa. It is an independent body set up by the marketing communications industry to regulate advertising through a system of self regulation. The Code of Advertising Practice is the [...]

Can a website provider use third-party content on its website without permission from the third-party content provider?

No. This would amount to a contravention of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 if the content as the copyrighted work was first published in South Africa or made by a "qualified person" (a South African or company registered and [...]

Web 2.0

This is an interesting video that gives food for thought about where things are going. This is an interesting presentation that explains what is meant by Web2.0. Web 2.0 View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: 2.0 web)

By |September 22nd, 2008|Categories: Media Law|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments