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Copyright: the basics for small business owners and app developers
I’m regularly asked by developers and small business owners – who owns the copyright in my new app? The answer, as with most legal questions is: ‘ it depends’.  South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in 2008 noted that copyright cases relating to computer p...
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Civil and criminal liability for comments posted on social media
South African model Sashni Naidoo has come under fire for  comments made on Instagram .  Naidoo referred to Gaza as a “sh%$ hole”.  The posts were swiftly deleted, and Naidoo has apologised. Although every person has the right to freedom of expression, this...
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and POPIA
In case you have been under a rock, or out since the 90’s, after years of preparation and debate, the  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was passed by the EU Parliament in April 2016, comes into full force and effect from  25 May 2018 . What ...
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Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) for Small Businesses
I often get asked:  does POPIA apply to my small business ?  The answer is definitely yes. POPIA gives effect to section 14 of the Constitution, which provides that  everyone has the right to privacy – the right to privacy includes a right to protection aga...
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Land reform in South Africa
Land
Reform in South Africa In modern democratic South
Africa, land reform is one of the
most important issues of our time, and although the hatred and pain of
the apartheid era will never be forgotten, an effective and expedient land
reform programme may e...
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Who owns a selfie taken by an animal?
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No Monkey Business – who owns a selfie taken by an animal?
No Monkey Business – who owns
a selfie taken by an animal? Naruto – a Macaque in Indonesia .  The animal took this selfie with a
photographer’s camera.  David
Slater via Wikimedia Commons Many of us see animals – and particularly
domestic pets – as more tha...
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Returning Defective or Faulty Products - Consumer Protection
Returning defective or faulty products At some stage or another, we’ve all purchased
goods that were defective or faulty.  In
the past, returning a product that didn’t quite work like the box said it would,
or returning a TV that didn’t switch on meant nego...
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