IP 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|

App development: what to look out for when you contract with a developer

You’ve got a great idea for an app, but you do not have the technical skill to create it on your own so you contract a software development company.  They love your idea and are happy to work with you, great! You have approached your attorney who has provided you with an NDA, the developer has signed it and you [...]

By | 13th March, 2018|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Media Law, PPM Attorneys|

Compliance is not a legal issue: True or False

Lawyers interpret legislation and advise accordingly and our advice isn’t cheap.  We spend hours considering legislation so that we can give you the most precise advice.  Most often, we are called in when faeces are propelled in an upward direction.  This happens when clients don’t follow our advice. Did you follow our advice? Yes, you say. But did you really? [...]

AVOID TRADE MARK INFRINGEMENT: THE CORRECT WAY TO USE REGISTERED TRADE MARK NAMES IN YOUR ADVERT

If you would like to make use of well-known trade marks to promote your goods and/or services, how would you go about it?  For example, if you are producing an advert for your goods and/or services, whether television, radio, or print media, would you be allowed to make reference to registered trade marks or use puns, which make reference to [...]

By | 9th November, 2017|IP Law, PPM Attorneys|

POPI’s draft regulations have been published

They are simple and clear to understand. Don’t miss your opportunity to comment. Earlier this year, during a stakeholder briefing, South Africa’s Information Regulator chairperson promised to have draft Protection of Personal Information Act regulations out before the end of 2017.  She has kept her word: draft POPIA (the Information Regulator prefers this acronym) regulations were published on Friday 8 [...]

By | 11th September, 2017|Data Protection, Information Security, IP Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

Eminem sues New Zealand’s Governing Party for Copyright Infringement: Here’s a quick copyright law refresher

Eminem is suing New Zealand's governing party for copyright infringement.  He claims that they used his song "Lose Yourself" in one of their marketing campaign videos.  They are not the first to sail close to the wind, and they will not be the last. Here's a quick guide on the main issues you should consider when faced with a similar [...]

By | 2nd May, 2017|IP Law, PPM Attorneys|