Social Media

  • cyber bullies

    Cyberbullies and online harassers hide facelessly behind an electronic façade from where they do their dirty work.

    Last week The Legal Advice Office got the following query on this subject:

     “About three weeks ago a man started sending me inappropriate e-mails and posting lewd and suggestive comments and messages on my Facebook and Google plus pages. I’ve tried blocking the person and telling him to stop, but he keeps changing his email address and user profile and keeps coming back. I am at my wit's end and don’t even want to look at my phone or computer anymore. Is there anything I can do?”

  •  Facebook fight 2

    Simply to say that the allegation you make is the truth is NOT Enough.

    In a defamation action between two parties where the one (A) has defamed the other (B); the defending party (A) can raise the defence of TRUTH ie “what I said was the truth.”

    This does NOT necessarily apply to social media defamation.

     Let us take an example:

    Perhaps you are engaged in a bitter dispute. Perhaps it’s a fight over money, a business venture gone awry, a family feud, or a messy divorce, a disaffected employee, or perhaps a vengeful neighbour.

     You decide to resort to Social Media “to tell the truth” about your nemesis. You feel totally safe doing so – after all, our Constitution protects our rights to free speech, the Internet is a bastion of Freedom of Information, nothing said online is “real”, and anyway who can object to you telling the truth? Wrong!

  • Intellectual property procection copy

    Can someone use your ideas and posts on social media platforms without your consent?

    Last week we were asked to do a blog on Intellectual Property; in the sense that someone complained to us that people were using her ideas and posts on social media platforms without her consent.

    Can they do that??

    Intellectual property, in its broadest sense, can be an invention, an idea or a process/method of doing things that is the product of your work and/or your mind and would include registered trademarks and patents which are formally registered; but also your songs, music and even your blogs, writings, essays, articles and other writings such as poems, letters etc. They all form part of your Intellectual Property. You have the copyright in your IP.

    So the question arises can someone else use your ideas?

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South Africa

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