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Media Law: Open Justice - podcast episode 1
Media Law: Open Justice - podcast episode 1

In this podcast series, media law expert Dario Milo unpacks several issues related to 'open justice' - the common law principle that court and other similar proceedings are open to the public. Over time, court proceedings are now routinely broadcast and streamed live, such as in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

23 Apr 2020

Fake news peddlers feel the full force of the law
Fake news peddlers feel the full force of the law

A 55-year-old Durbanville man and a 23-year-old man from Tshwane are among the people facing the full force of the law for spreading fake news about the Covid-19 crisis...

8 Apr 2020

The consequences of spreading fake news about Covid-19
The consequences of spreading fake news about Covid-19

Social media and particularly fake news are adding fuel to the sense of uncertainty during the Covid-19 lockdown. What does our law say taking into account the regulations published by the government amid the pandemic?

By Veronica Vurgarellis & Tiro Moticoe 1 Apr 2020

You can go to jail for spreading fake news about Covid-19
You can go to jail for spreading fake news about Covid-19

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads, so does the misinformation. Recently referred to by the WHO as an "infodemic", the volume of information that is both true and false has been communicated across all platforms globally...

23 Mar 2020

Draft regulations on ownership and control in the communications sector
Draft regulations on ownership and control in the communications sector

Icasa has published its long-awaited draft regulations on ownership and control in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, for public comment...

By Livia Dyer 20 Feb 2020

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Business Creative Report for 2019 released

AdForum has released the third edition of the Business Creative Report: the most awarded campaigns, agencies and brands by business sector...

5 Feb 2020

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Alcohol industry places its own restrictions on its advertising

The alcohol industry in SA has put together a marketing code which voluntarily restricts the way they advertise their products to the public...

5 Feb 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Legal
#BestofBiz 2019: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

17 Dec 2019

Court rules that child offenders, victims and witnesses may not be named - even in adulthood
Court rules that child offenders, victims and witnesses may not be named - even in adulthood

Child offenders, child victims and child witnesses may not be named - even in adulthood, the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday...

By Tania Broughton 5 Dec 2019

Understanding the SCA's freedom of expression judgment
Understanding the SCA's freedom of expression judgment

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment in the Jon Qwelane case removes the concept of "hurt" from South Africa's hate speech laws. It affirms freedom of expression...

By Tania Broughton 3 Dec 2019

Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand
Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand

Is tiresome admin pulling you away from business growth? Is client communication taking up too much of your time? This single software suite can help you automate your administrative tasks and communication to claim back your lost time...

Issued by Microsoft 2 Dec 2019

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Legal pitfalls of offensive branding - Part 2

Offensive trademarks have also been in the news of late. In the USA, an Asian-American band applied to register their band name 'The Slants' at the US trademarks office. However, the application was refused on the basis of local legislation prohibiting the registration of offensive or disparaging marks...

By Kareema Shaik 19 Nov 2019

Legal pitfalls of offensive branding - Part 1
Legal pitfalls of offensive branding - Part 1

Over the past year or so, a surprising number of international brand owners have come under fire for offensive marketing campaigns, products, and brand names...

By Kareema Shaik 15 Nov 2019

Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment Act
Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment Act

On 2 October 2019, the President ratified the controversial Films and Publications Amendment Act, which has been described in the media as the "internet censorship bill" (the Act)...

By Peter Grealy, Nozipho Mngomezulu, Karl Blom, Wendy Tembedza, Ziyanda Ngcobo, and Carla Collett 6 Nov 2019

Icasa's proposed sports broadcasting regulations: A bleak future for SA sports
Icasa's proposed sports broadcasting regulations: A bleak future for SA sports

The initial Sport Broadcasting Services Regulations 2010 have been lauded internationally for having adopted a sensible approach in balancing the needs of various stakeholders, including sports fans, sports federations, broadcasters and advertisers. The proposed amendments, however, tip the balance...

By Kuhle Mavuso 21 Oct 2019

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry suing UK tabloid over 'ruthless campaign'
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry suing UK tabloid over 'ruthless campaign'

It has been announced that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, currently in South Africa on a royal tour, has filed a claim against Associated Newspapers over the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018...

2 Oct 2019

New legislation to impact property and entertainment industries
New legislation to impact property and entertainment industries

President Ramaphosa has signed various Bills into law that will enable property deeds to be processed electronically; enhance the ease of business in the real estate industry and brings online games, films and publications into the ambit of the Film and Publication Board...

2 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Unconstitutionality of RICA should not affect employers
Unconstitutionality of RICA should not affect employers

For employers monitoring employee communications transmitted over their telecommunication systems, the lawful basis they often use for this is the Regulation of Interception of Communication and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act 70 of 2002, commonly referred to as 'RICA'...

By Talita Laubscher and Chloë Loubser 18 Sep 2019

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Licensing royalties. Cost or marketing investment?

Royalties paid for character licensing is not a direct cost to business - it is a marketing cost to increase sales, help build brands and, more importantly, profit margins...

By Alan Radmall 14 Aug 2019

What you need to know about eThekwini's new outdoor advertising by-laws
What you need to know about eThekwini's new outdoor advertising by-laws

The eThekwini Municipality's new outdoor advertising by-law has come into force, effective 4 July 2019...

By Graeme Phillips 12 Aug 2019

Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?
Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?

An AI algorithm, or more specifically the written code, encompassing both the source code and object code, would be categorised as a "computer program" under South African laws and is protected by the law of copyright...

By Fatima Ameer-Mia and Lee Shacksnovis 5 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Consumers benefit from Waspa's self-regulating status
Consumers benefit from Waspa's self-regulating status

South Africa's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (Waspa) was founded in 2004 as a self-regulating industry body...

18 Jul 2019

Law of Defamation: Why the EFF lost to Manuel
Law of Defamation: Why the EFF lost to Manuel

In the recent case of Trevor Manuel v Economic Freedom Fighters and Others (the EFF), the Joburg High Court was tasked with determining whether an entity or person that was not part of the print and broadcast media could raise the defence of reasonable publication to a claim of defamation...

By Jackie Lafleur and Rui Lopes 1 Jul 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change
The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change

This National Child Protection Week (CPW), Google South Africa and Media Monitoring Africa hosted a roundtable putting a spotlight on the importance of online safety for children...

By Jessica Tennant 31 May 2019

Court blow for activists being sued by mining company
Court blow for activists being sued by mining company

Cape High Court Judge Judith Cloete dismissed with costs a discovery application brought by three of six defendants ahead of a defamation case totalling R9.25m...

By John Yeld 31 May 2019

#FairnessFirst: Refreshing the legalities of ethical reporting on children
#FairnessFirst: Refreshing the legalities of ethical reporting on children

With #YouthMonth just around the corner, what better time to put the focus on how to more ethically report on violence against children?

By Leigh Andrews 27 May 2019

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