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Dti stands by validity of copyright commission report

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) says it stands by the validity of the Copyright Review Commission (CRC) report, which was released in 2012...

16 Apr 2018

Herbex makes unproven claims about weight loss products

Advertising Standards Authority uses its fangs again after years of litigation...

By Anne Cebulski and Eryn Scannell 10 Apr 2018

Icasa to address competition in pay-TV market

NEWSWATCH: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will be proceeding with oral hearings on competition in the local pay-TV market, after having proposed to introduce shared sports rights and shorten exclusive contract periods...

5 Apr 2018

Facebook, Google warn Singapore against 'fake news' law

SINGAPORE, Asia - Internet giants Facebook and Google on Thursday testified before a parliamentary committee in Singapore as they warned the city-state against introducing new laws to combat "fake news", saying that existing legislation is adequate to address the problem...

23 Mar 2018

Telegram must give FSB encryption keys: Russian court

Russia's Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the popular Telegram messenger app must provide the country's security services with encryption keys to read users' messaging data, agencies reported...

22 Mar 2018

'Panama Papers' law firm shuts down operations

The law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" global tax evasion scandal that brought down two world leaders announced on Wednesday it would shut down operations, citing negative press and what it called unwarranted action by authorities...

16 Mar 2018

'Hlaudi Motsoeneng must pay back R43m'

The DA is trying to tally up how much taxpayer cash has been spent on defending people who have since left their top jobs...

16 Mar 2018

BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps...

7 Mar 2018

Understanding your legal rights after personal information leaks

South Africa has recently suffered its largest data leak to date with, conservatively, an estimated 60 million South Africans' personal information becoming publicly available; the gravity of which (and the risks associated with the sensitive information that has been imparted from it) cannot be overestimated...

By Karl Blom and Daniel Vale 5 Mar 2018

Legally protecting your brand name in the social media age

The advent of social media has provided brands with an undisputed marketing opportunity - a direct customer engagement and promotional platform, where brands can build their identity and loyalty to their heart's content. But all good things come with a price...

By Shan Radcliffe 28 Feb 2018

Competition Commission refers media firms to tribunal over price fixing claims

In what looks set to be an extremely drawn-out affair, the Competition Commission has referred 28 media companies to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, in contravention of the Competition Act...

By Ann Crotty 28 Feb 2018

Is it legal for someone to record you without your knowledge?

Recent times have seen the uprising of smartphones against not-so-smart people, and a trending weapon-of-choice in this regard is Call Recording Apps. However, this triggers the ethical question: is it even legal to record conversations without a person's knowledge...?

By Aphelele Tapile 28 Feb 2018

Government wants liquor ads ban

The Department of Health is seeking a ban on alcohol advertising in the controversial Liquor Amendment Bill now with the Cabinet...

By Linda Ensor 26 Feb 2018

Proposed copyright amendment bill to be discussed at Creative Industry Imbizo

South Africa's creative industries will be gathering at the University of Pretoria on Saturday, 24 February for the Creative Industry Imbizo where the practical effects of the proposed copyright amendment bill will be discussed...

21 Feb 2018

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