SA Judge approves service of court papers using Facebook

Judge Esther Steyn, sitting in the Durban High Court, made history yesterday when she approved service of court documents on Peter Odendaal, a defendant in a trial action in that court. It appears from a report on IOL that Mr Odendaal’s attorneys withdrew from the matter and did not leave a current address for MrContinue reading “SA Judge approves service of court papers using Facebook”

The President, his penis and the Streisand Effect

Background If you have missed the controversy that arose in the last few days about a depiction of President Zuma with his penis exposed called “The Spear”, this is what it is all about: The painting is part of an exhibition by Brett Murray called “Hail to the Thief II”, a sequel to his 2010Continue reading “The President, his penis and the Streisand Effect”

Is porn industry regulation a freedom of expression issue?

Fiona Snyckers wrote an interesting post for Thought Leader titled “Regulation of the porn industry is not a free speech issue“. Her basic premise is that the porn, or adult entertainment, industry is primarily a commercial endeavour and content the content the industry produces is not protected as “free speech”. Leaving aside whether its desirableContinue reading “Is porn industry regulation a freedom of expression issue?”

Timelines.com sues to block Facebook’s public Timeline rollout

Update: Mashable has since updated its post to note that while the court filings don’t mention Facebook’s decision to delay activating Timeline for its users, there is apparently a message from Facebook indicating that Timeline will go public on 6 October 2011. History oriented Web service, Timelines.com, has applied to the United States District CourtContinue reading “Timelines.com sues to block Facebook’s public Timeline rollout”

Courts are not always interested in defamation cases

An Hendrina attorney, James Charles Reynecke Smith, recently had his appeal to the Pretoria High Court regarding his unsuccessful defamation claim rejected because “the incident was insignificant and did not warrant the court’s attention”. According to News24, Smith had just moved into new offices and was having new carpets installed. Mats apparently had to beContinue reading “Courts are not always interested in defamation cases”

Twitter accounts equated to domain names in trade mark action

I came across an interesting case in the United States on Evan Brown’s Internet Cases blog which he also mentioned in a recent This Week in Law episode. The case is interesting because although the ruling appears to be provisional relief as part of a larger set of proceedings (I am not familiar with theContinue reading “Twitter accounts equated to domain names in trade mark action”