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From crypto currency to crypto contracts

Soon, paying legal fees for a solid, watertight contract will be a thing of the past.  Traditional contracts, painstakingly reviewed by tired eyes for the seventh time, are so 2017.  Smart contracts are the future, and with the rapid development of this technology, it may happen sooner than we think. What are smart contracts? Smart contracts use certain coding and [...]

By | 12th April, 2018|Contract Law, Technology 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 [...]

ICASA sets its eyes on priority markets in the electronic communications sector – 10 years after the original go-ahead, are we finally going to see local loop unbundling?

ICASA has started an inquiry to identify markets and or market segments in the electronic communications sector that are susceptible to ex ante regulations.[1]  It has published a Priority Markets Discussion Document inviting comments on its preliminary views. It wants to determine which of these markets should be prioritised for market reviews and potential regulation under the EC Act. One [...]

By | 11th April, 2018|Commercial Law, IT Law, Media Law, Telecommunications Law|

Lawyer v Machine

In an innovative study, US lawyers in corporate law and contract review went up against a computer to spot issues in five Non-Disclosure Agreements” NDAs”, which are a contractual basis for most business deals. The human contenders were twenty US-trained lawyers, with decades of legal experience ranging from law firms to corporations.  They competed against a LawGeex Artificial Intelligence ‘’AI” [...]

By | 10th April, 2018|Technology Law|

What fiduciary duties does a social media company owe your profile?

Data like oil is a vital tool in maintaining growth of firms, industries and companies. Companies want to get a hold of information detailing what their customers and competitors are discussing about them, so that the business may be improved through feedback.  However what standard of care must one who is able to ascertain the personal information of a natural [...]

By | 10th April, 2018|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Privacy Law, Social media law|

Class Actions: What, Why and How

There have been many instances where companies have wronged a group of people.  This could be a result of ill-manufactured products, contamination of food products or unsafe working conditions.  While individuals may have a strong case against the company, court processes are expensive and most often, the individual does not have the capacity to seek justice. In comes the class [...]

By | 10th April, 2018|Administrative Law, Commercial Law|

Child Protection Software / Parental Software

Most parents / caregivers and even schools have never even heard of the concept of child protection software or even that it exists. As the world of social media and the vastness of the internet grow every day, child protection software is a must! So what is it? Software applications or programmes that a parent/caregiver or school can install to [...]

By | 10th April, 2018|Child law, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Social media law|

Incentives available to fund your movie and TV production

  Getting the money, this is without a doubt the single trickiest part of making a movie or television production.  Having to pay for the costs of location, cast, crew, hotel, travel, meals, licencing rights, rentals or any other items required for making even a small production.  For example, if ownership of the final product is not critical, filmmakers can [...]

By | 10th April, 2018|Media Law|

BCCSA Code of Conduct and News Coverage: Compliance!

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (“the Commission / BCCSA”) has a code of conduct (“the Code”), for television and radio broadcasters.  The Code has standards of acceptable conduct which broadcasters must comply with.  It regulates issues such as violence, hate speech, issues affecting children, sexual conduct, the broadcasting of news, and public comment.  If a member of the [...]

By | 13th March, 2018|Media Law|

Who is Liable for the Listeria Outbreak?

Who is Liable for the Listeria Outbreak?   A deadly outbreak of listeria, which has claimed up to 180 lives, has been narrowed down to the source.  The Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Sunday that the recent outbreak of listeriosis has been traced to Enterprise’s Polokwane Facility. Chief Executive Officer at Tiger Brands, Lawrence MacDougall has subsequently suspended [...]

By | 13th March, 2018|Consumer Law, Delict, Foodstuffs|