IP Law

Do it for the gram…

Half of the world’s population regularly uses some sort of social media platform.  Just think about that for a second. The opportunities for businesses to reach their target audiences are greater than ever!  We are now able to create and promote our brand almost exclusively online.   While the ability to communicate so effectively can humanise your brand and extend [...]

By | 20th March, 2019|Cybersecurity, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law|

National Payment System Act Review and why you should comment

In 2014 National Treasury issued an instruction prohibition by national and provincial public entities from making payments via the internet due to the risk associated with such transactions. [1] In 2019, however, it seems that National Treasury (“NT”) has had a change of heart and are revaluating its existing payments regulatory framework.  On 5 December 2018, National Treasury and the [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|AI, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law, PPM Attorneys|

The African National Congress Loses its Domain Dispute: Tips on How Not to Lose Yours

The African National Congress ("ANC") has lost a domain dispute it lodged against a former service provider - Unwembi Communications ("Unwembi"). In what should have been a claim with good prospects of success, the 107 year old movement with a very strong and well known brand failed to prove its case. The matter involved three ANC employees who were tasked [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|Copyright, Domain Disputes, IP Law, PPM Attorneys|

BRICS Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known for being a region in the USA that houses the most significant number of innovative technology companies.  Silicon Valley is deemed to be the world’s technology capital, home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, such as Facebook, Apple, Google and Netflix. With the dawning of BRICS countries as the world's leading emerging economies emphasise [...]

By | 10th January, 2019|Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law|

GDPR BENEFITS FOR CONSUMERS

You are probably reading this article on your smart phone, which has a digital footprint of all the people and entities in your life who you have interacted with online. Whether you are aware of it or not, your personal data is being shared online for the world to consume.  This means that your location and preferences are well known. [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law|

Steps to becoming GDPR compliant as a South African Company

There is a plethora of information relating to the necessity of compliance of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) , a European Union directive that will come into force on 25 May 2018.  This legislation will fast forward European law into new ways of protecting personal data around the world especially given the advancing of modern technology and its ability [...]

By | 23rd May, 2018|Cybersecurity, IP Law, IT Law, Technology Law|

What you Need to Know about the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has recently become a buzzword that everyone seems to be talking about but what exactly is it about?  Most people understand that it has something to do with the leaking of Facebook users’ data but who stole the data, how and why? Who is Cambridge Analytica? They are a multinational political consulting firm based in the [...]

By | 23rd May, 2018|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Media Law|

ATTENTION MUSICIANS!

If music be the food of love, play on…as long as you have a valid copyright licence. The music and entertainment industry relies on various legal aspects to protect the interests of businesses and individuals working in the media field.  It can be applied to all forms of music and entertainment, including composition, publishing, film, broadcasting, and theatre.  This draws [...]

By | 23rd May, 2018|Copyright Infringement, IP Law|

SoCs: new dawn or new death?

Below are existing governance tools and instruments that arguably need government and its SoCs must implement fully and consistently to contribute towards effective SoC governance for efficient SoC turnaround and sustained success. These are based on a comparative study, including interviews undertaken, comparing and extracting key success factors between SoCs in South Africa and in other emerging economies in Asia [...]

The recent repeal of the rules surrounding Net Neutrality in the US may affect us. Here’s how…

No more Netflix and chill???   Feel like streaming a movie with bae[1]?  Or binge watching the latest season of GoT? (that’s Game of Thrones for all you people with real lives).  Your life in the lap of television luxury may soon cost double or even triple your monthly Showmax subscription, or even worse, come to an abrupt end. At [...]

By | 13th March, 2018|IP Law, Media Law|