When it comes to acceptable conduct on Twitter and, defamation in particular, our law will govern how South African Twitter users use Twitter and may well inform how Twitter responds to improper use of its service too. Although simply making defamatory statements is not immediately actionable, doing so unjustifiably likely is wrongful and can expose you to legal proceedings seeking to stop you, to remove your defamatory statements or even to claim financial compensation from you. That said, there would be a tension between Twitter’s approach to users’ freedom of expression and local judicial authorities’ approach which could be interesting but, on the whole, Twitter will likely respect local laws which are aligned, at least ostensibly, with its values.
The veterinary profession is an honourable profession based on standing and dignity. In section 4(1)(c) of the Para-Veterinary Professions Act 19 of 1982 (“The Vets’ Act”) it is stated that a veterinary professional (“a person practising a veterinary profession as a veterinarian or veterinary specialist”) has a moral obligation to serve the public to theContinue reading “Advertising restrictions for the veterinary profession”
The Consumer Protection Act sparked quite a bit of interest in direct marketing and consumers’ rights to opt-out of receiving direct marketing communications. It has also highlighted a tension between direct marketers and consumer orientated initiatives to protect and enhance consumer rights. Some of these initiatives have been undertaken by two industry bodies, the InternetContinue reading “Tension in the direct marketing industry over opt-in requirements”
The iPad must be one of the hottest consumer devices at the moment and are popular prizes in promotional competitions. Unfortunately Apple forbids companies from using iPads, iPhones and iPhone gift cards in their promotional competitions. Apple’s promotional guidelines which date back to April 2010 open with the following clause: If you choose to giveContinue reading “Sorry, no iPads allowed in your promotion”
Update: This post was prepared on the basis of the draft Regulations. The final Regulations were issued on 1 April 2011 and differ from the draft Regulations in some important respects including the requirement to report on various issues which are highlighted in this post. I’ll work on an update to this post in lightContinue reading “Competition rules and the Consumer Protection Act”
Zappon, a South African coupon site and competitor to the likes of Groupon and Wicount, launched this week to some excitement on Twitter. Coupons are pretty hot commodities these days and coupon site valuations have soared with Groupon famously being valued recently at $6 billion. The phenomenon is global and it is increasingly competitive. Zappon,Continue reading “Zappon, coupons and the Consumer Protection Act”