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Advertising & Marketing Law in Uganda

Uganda lacks specific laws to govern the advertising business. Regulation of advertising is provided in sections of several laws.
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Do I Have a Lanham Claim Against My Competitor for False Advertising?

The elements that a party must prove to prevail on a Lanham Act Claim for False Advertising.

Remedies for Cybersquatting

Have you ever noticed that when a person or business name becomes popular or well-known, there’s often an unrelated third party prepared to park...

LG Frankfurt Prohibits Taxi Broker’s Discount Promotion

Promotional discounts can give rise to unfair predatory competition and infringe competition law. The Landgericht Frankfurt (Regional Court of...

Legal Risks of Naming Specific Persons Online

  By HG.org
Given the proliferation of online material, the risks of misusing a person’s name or other information online have increased. Even obscure blogs...

OLG Hamburg: Advertising Lowest Price Guarantee Potentially Anti-Competitive in Germany

According to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht Hamburg (Higher Regional Court of Hamburg), advertising with a lowest price guarantee is...

IT Crimes in Saudi Arabia

Anti-Cyber Crime Law of Saudi Arabia is ny act committed related to computer or the internet violating stipulations of this law.

Sweeping Advertising Statements in Germany can be Misleading

The Landgericht Berlin (Regional Court of Berlin) ruled on April 14, 2015 that blanket advertising of savings is misleading to consumers (Az.:...

Cyber Investigation - How Prepared are the Indian Police?

India has emerged as a favorite hub for cybercriminals, mostly hackers and other malicious users who use the Internet for committing crimes. As...

Advertising With Distinction “Test Winner” Permissible in Germany

According to a judgment of the OLG Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf), a company is allowed to use the expression “test winner” in...

Sharing Photographs: Excessive Copyright Demands

Technological advancements in social media sites and website development tools have allowed users to easily share and discuss articles and...

OLG Frankfurt: Permissibility of Advertising Long Company Tradition Despite Insolvency

Advertising many years of company tradition may be permissible and not anti-competitive despite a temporary state of insolvency. That was the...

Legal Route to Gambling- India Perspective

"There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and...

2015 Polish “Indian Summer” Changes in the Copyright Regulations

Similarly to prior years, we have a beautiful Indian summer in Poland which brings changes to our copyright law. On the 11th September 2015, the...

Privacy Laws and Social Media Sites

  By HG.org
Social media sites and privacy are somewhat inherently at odds. After all, the point of social media is to share your life with the world; the...

China's New Advertising Regulations

  By MMLC Group
China’s revised Advertising Law of the People’s Republic of China, effective as of 1 September, 2015, represents the first major revision since...

Food Products Can only Be Advertised with Ingredients which They Contain in Europe

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has strengthened consumer protection. Thus, food products cannot give the impression that they contain...

China’s New Advertising Law: Consumer Protection

Advertising in China follows you everywhere. The fast food menu pushed into your hand on the street and the video loop warbling at you from the...

The Power of a Name as a Registered Trademark in Sports

Did you know that you can register your name as a trademark in sports? Many athletes know this and they obtain many benefit from this. Radamel...

What Is Your Liability If Someone Hacks Your PC and Uses Information for Criminal Purposes?

  By HG.org
Large-scale security breaches receive massive media attention. Whether a person can be criminally or civilly liable for another’s actions while...

Is it Legal to Film Police Officers?

Police activity has been in the spotlight in St. Louis, and Nationwide since the Ferguson, Missouri riots began this past August. As riots...

Changes in Advertising Law of Russia

Provisions of the Advertising Law are detailed as regards limiting the sound level for advertisements entered into effect on May 25, 2015....

Website Ripoffs: How to Get a Refund from an Uncooperative Website Owner

  By HG.org
Most of us have fallen for it at one time or another. A website offers a “free” or reduced fee trial for its services, but asks for a credit...

A Website Published Embarrassing Content About Me, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
The Internet has brought many benefits to modern civilization. Unfortunately, just as with any technology, it also has a dark side. So, when a...

IT-startups in Ukraine: It's Time to Start

Ukraine, as a potential country for doing business, is often discussed by foreign investors, despite the fact that the ratings of favorable...

How Do Movies, TV Shows, Music, and Video Games Get Rated for Content?

  By HG.org
Most parents are concerned with the things their children see and hear in the media. It is an ugly world out there, and while it may be...

Someone Hacked My Phone or Computer, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
There are few things that feel more violating than finding that someone has hacked into your phone or computer. When this happens, the first...

What Protections Does The Americans with Disabilities Act Provide?

  By HG.org
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed to help the United States benefit from the skills and talents of individuals who happen to have...

When Is It Legal to Download Music, Movies, or Software Via Torrents on the Internet?

  By HG.org
Since the rise of the Internet, the illegal sharing of music, movies, and software have been an ongoing concern. Still, not every peer-to-peer...

I'm Being Harassed on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; What Are My Legal Options?

  By HG.org
Cyber-bullying has become a very big problem in America, and it is not just limited to children. Every day, thousands of people have to contend...

What Are Common American Censorship Laws?

  By HG.org
How often have we heard someone say “It's a free country, I can say what I want to?” In most cases, that person is correct. But, America does...

Cyberspace posing challenges to legal framework

The legal profession has been changing over time, adopting new fields and challenges. Globalization, development of internet and technologies...

The Legal Truth of E-contracts in Egypt

No doubt that the technological evolution and its wide range usage in various fields became a part of our daily lives, accompanied by this...

What is Net Neutrality and Why Should You Care?

  By HG.org
Much has been made over the last few years about net neutrality. Still, most people are confused by what this term refers to and why it matters....

Law Firms Must Step Up Cybersecurity

A recent article in the New York Times underscores the demand clients are requiring of their law firms to step up their cybersecurity. Financial...

Quality in Consulting : How Hard is it in Application

TQM is commonly known for the principles of continuous improvement, awareness of total cost of quality, recognition that everyone holds...

IT Law Gaining in Importance on Many Issues

There is scarcely another field of law that has grown so much in importance over recent years as IT law. People come into contact with this...

Driving Regional Traffic with Google+ Local for Lawyers

  By HG.org
Google search now makes up nearly 95% of all consumer searches for local businesses. As a lawyer that relies on a steady stream of local...

When Should Blog or Forum Posts Create Liability for Defamation?

Writers often express their views on blogs or forums. With the advancement of laws, anyone who writes articles, must be cautious of consequences...

Technology & Communications Law - Malaysia

A basic insight into the laws of technology and communications in Malaysia.

Google Receives Influx of Take-Down Requests

Google has certainly had some experience dealing with take-down requests in the past – primarily dealing with copyright infringing content – but...

US Authorities Granted Power to Search Foreign Servers

Last week a district judge in New York ruled that US authorities can access and search through electronic data stored by US companies on servers...

Azerbaijan Is on Its Way to Creating Ambitious Electronic Court System

Azerbaijan is creating its electronic court system. The President of the country issued the respective order (the “Order”) back few months ago ....

Combined Offers in Advertising - Germany

Combined offers are when merchandise, often of high quality, is offered at an extremely low price and only in connection with the purchase of a...

Advertising and Promotion in the State of Kuwait

Freedom of expression is guaranteed for all in the State of Kuwait under many laws that may be some of its most important articles are included...

Telecommunication In Nigeria

Broadcasting and telecommunication has come a long way in Nigeria. Formally these services were considered social services in nature hence...

Two RI Supreme Court Cases Examining Television And Negligence Claims

While watching television recently, I came across a commercial involving dangerous stunts. The stunts were so dangerous and over the top that...

White Collar Crime in Malaysia

A Malaysian perspective on White-Collar Crime. A daunting task it has failed to curb, yet.

The Importance of Writing Good Legal Content

What is Good Legal Content? Good Legal Content is content that serves two purposes, one it gains the attention of the reader, hopefully one...

Advertising Law in Lebanon

Advertising is part of daily life, from street posters, print ads, and online campaigns to indirect advertising such as promotional events. A...

Using Webcams and Computer Microphones to Spy

  By HG.org
In our modern, connected age, it seems everyone has a tablet or laptop computer that they use on a daily basis. These computers usually have...

Demanding Money to Remove Private Images from the Internet

  By HG.org
Over the last few years, a number of unscrupulous websites have developed around Americans' increasing comfort with sharing private, intimate...

Do Real World Laws Apply to Virtual World Problems?

  By HG.org
Everyday, millions of people login from all over the world to experience various virtual worlds. Some are part of a video game, others are...

A Dentist’s Advertising Measures Can Be Considered Unfair Competition – Germany

If a dentist offers his services via a coupon portal, this conduct can be viewed as promotional advertising and thus as unfair competition.

Is There a Law Against Cyberstalking or Cyberharassment?

  By HG.org
With the rise of social networking, many have lost some of their concerns about personal privacy. Indeed, millions of Americans share the...

The Law and Social Media

  By HG.org
Finding someone who does not have a Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or other social media profile is getting harder to do. Granted, there...

The E-Mail Address Is a Mandatory Element of an Internet “Site Notice” (Impressum) – Germany

The Telemedia Act (TMG) requires that an e-mail address is provided as part of the “site notice” (Impressum) of an Internet website. An online...

Posting Explicit Images Online for Revenge

  By HG.org
In this modern digital age, it is often common for romantic partners, particularly those in long distance relationships, to exchange revealing...

Can Dating Sites Post Fake Profiles to Lure In Members?

  By HG.org
It is the end of a long week, and you find yourself at home wishing you had something to do. But, tired of being a fifth wheel to all of your...

Advertising Law in Serbia

The State of Serbia regulates advertising on several levels, from the Constitution to statutory rulebooks, showing adequately its interests in...

Social Review Sites Fight Back Against Law Firms Posting Fake Reviews

  By HG.org
Attorney advertising is a fairly new phenomenon in many jurisdictions. Rules of various state bar associations have eased over the last two...

Truth in Advertising and Marketing and Other FTC Regulations

  By HG.org
When consumers see or hear an advertisement on the Internet, radio, in print, on a billboard, on television, or anywhere else, federal law says...

What are the Laws Regarding Paparazzi

  By HG.org
Many will long remember the death of Princess Diana in 1997. She passed away as a result of a fatal car crash during a high-speed paparazzi...

Why is Pornography Legal and Prostitution is Not

  By HG.org
It seems like the headlines are constantly filled with new stories of politicians quite literally caught with their pants down in scandals with...

Marketing with Misleading Regional Information Is Prohibited – Germany

The marketing of dairy products whose name contains misleading information about places and regions of origin is not allowed, since it conjures...

What Are Our First Amendment Rights?

  By HG.org
Considered by many to be the most important rights established by the United States Constitution, the First Amendment rights cover some of the...

Defamation: What it is and How to Deal with It

  By HG.org
Defamation is when someone tells one or more persons an untruth about you, and that untruth harms your reputation. Defamation is the general...

Advertising with Customer Reviews and Ratings May Be Potentially Misleading - Germany

Advertisements with customer reviews and ratings must not lead to a distorted, positive image of a company.

Payment Services New Rules for the Benefit of Consumers and Retailers - EU

In order to adapt the EU payments market to the opportunities of the single market and to support the growth of the EU economy, the European...

A Comparison of the Legal Use of Electronic Signatures in the U.S.A. and in Turkey

The United States Congress enacted ESIGN in 2000 (Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 7001 – 7006, (2012))...

Further Update on Use of Personal Data for Direct Marketing in Hong Kong

The New Guidance on Direct Marketing issued by the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data provides practical guidance on data users’ compliance...

Cologne Higher Regional Court (OLG): Liability of Spouses in the Event of Copyright Breaches

A proprietor of an internet connection generally should not be liable for copyright breaches of their spouse.

Nationwide Advertising of Companies with the Same Name Can Be Possible - Germany

In several recent judgements, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) provided a few clarifications with respect to the advertising of...

Film Companies Demand Google Perform Takedowns in Secret

Google has long provided the service of blocking search results in pursuance to website takedown requests.

Ban on Retransmitting Television Programs by Broadcasting Companies - Germany

The retransmission of television programs of broadcasting companies over the internet by other companies can be prohibited by a broadcasting...

Icann Listing Trademarks to Stifle Cybersquatting

The internationally recognised regulator of web addresses Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is constantly seeking new...

Cyber Security Directive May Prove Difficult - Malta

The EU has long been considering the implementation of frameworks and legal solutions to address mounting concerns in regard to cyber security....

Headhunting of Employees Via Social Networks Potentially Anti-Competitive - Germany

Businesses are increasingly confronted with the problem of finding qualified senior managers. The search for specialist personnel via social...

Data Privacy in Hong Kong – New Rules for Direct Marketing

The data privacy law in Hong Kong underwent a microscopic review a result of the Octopus card case of unauthorized sale of customers' personal...

Is Social Media Putting Your Company’s Valuable Trade Secrets at Risk?

With the explosion of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, it is likely that many of your employees use social media for...

The Legally Irreproachable Website - Germany

When creating one’s own homepage, the use of third party pictures or texts can rapidly lead to an infringement of copyright laws. Entrepreneurs...

The European Court Of Justice (ECJ) Allows Resale Of Software Licences

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided that resale of licences for second hand software is, in general, possible.

Facebook Pictures and Privacy Concerns with Facial Recognition Technology

Face Recognition Technology

Preliminary Injunction over TV Platform that Skips Adverts fails

A group of American TV providers have recently sued Dish Network, a satellite television provider, for copyright infringement because of its...

Web Host Found Liable in Damages for File Sharing Website - Malta

A recent Dutch court decision declared that XS Networks was complicit in copyright infringement after it failed to take down the website for...

Turkey Pharmaceutical Sector: New Regulation of Promotion of Medicinal Products for Human Use

A new regulation has been published on Official Gazette dated 14 October 2012 that contains a number of changes have been made on Regulation on...

One DMCA Takedown - 1.45 Million Blogs Taken Down in Malta

A recent DMCA takedown request to the web hosting company “ServerBeach” resulted in the temporary denial of access to 1.45 million education...

Google Hides “The Pirate Bay” - Malta

Under a new initiative to distance itself from anything illegal on the internet, Google has updated its search engine to eliminate “The Pirate...

Discussion on Digital Rights following ACTA - Malta

In the wake of the controversial law commonly called ACTA, the Maltese government has undertaken a public consultation exercise in order to...

Ready, Set, Go!: International Trademark Registration in Colombia

The Madrid Protocol enters into force in Colombia. The domestic PTO and IP law firms get ready for the new procedures. Both foreign and domestic...

UK Courts Step Aside on Issues of Abusive Domain Names for Nominet UK

The High Court in the UK recently rejected an appeal made by Michael Toth in regard to his loss of the domain name ‘emirates.co.uk’. Toth, who...

On the Way to the New Height: Walmart’s Acquisition of Yihaodian Cleared on Conditions in China

The global retailing giant Walmart announced in February that it would further acquire 33.6% interest in Yihaodian, a leading B2C e-commerce...

Why Every Employer Needs a Social Media Policy

Social media sites can be a cost effective way to generate new business, but it is not without its pitfalls. There are an increasing number of...

Hedge Funds and Data Protection

  By Murray LLP
Hedge funds are increasingly subject to international and local data protection regulations. The amount of personal data held by hedge funds and...

Google Reaching Amicable Settlement with the EU Over Anti-competitive Practices

On the 17th July 2012 the European Commission announced that it had reached an agreement with internet giant ‘Google’ that would put to rest...

Defamation and the Internet in the Bahamas

A defamatory comment can destroy both a person’s character and professional reputation. But a ruined reputation can be salvaged with expert...

Presidential Candidates Brawl out their Campaigns through the DMCA - Malta

It would appear analysts were correct during the Arab Spring in guessing that the Internet would be the new battleground for politicians. In...

Reebok Fined for Its Toning Shoes Ad Campaign

Reebok International has agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle charges of false advertising stemming from claims that its toning shoes...

Regulating the Use of Social Media across Continents - EU

Regulation of social media from a global prospective. Jan Dhont comments on transatlantic differences. Social media policies attempt to grapple...

E-Business and E-Commerce in the Bahamas

The law has had to adapt and change to meet the needs and demands of businesses and consumers as modern technology has advance. And it will keep...


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