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 e commerce tC web

Your website T&C's - essentially represent your agreement of use and trade

On Monday we received the following question via email.

 “I’ve recently launched an online business and I am busy setting up my website. My website developer has strongly advised me to look at proper terms and conditions for my website. I’ve always thought these were relatively standard T’s & C’s, but he seems to think they must be quite specific. Must they be specific or can I just copy terms and conditions from other websites?”

verbal agreement

Can you legally rely on a person’s word only instead of a written change in an agreement?

This was the simple inquiry we got the other day.

“Are oral variations of an agreement valid?”

 To illustrate let us take an example:

If, for example, you agree to rent a house from a friend of yours for a fixed period of two years.

You both furthermore agree that you should enter into a written lease agreement and you have a written lease drawn up properly.

Everything goes well until the monthly rental increases come into effect as per the written lease agreement at the end of the first year.

You discuss the situation with your friend who agrees to waive the increase verbally.

But is this sufficient and can you legally rely on his word only?

 mediation web

Many businesses around the world are increasingly opting for mediation as a method of commercial dispute resolution.

We recently received the following question.

 “My company is in business and is quite often embroiled in legal disputes that end in expensive litigation. This takes time, sometimes years, and is not only time consuming, but is expensive and frustrating. I realise that legal disputes are part and parcel of the business environment, but it would be nice if we could resolve some of these disputes faster and with less expense. Have you any ideas as I have heard about the subject “mediation”, but am not sure if this would is a good idea or simply be delaying the inevitable litigation?”

 At own risk

An indemnity is an agreement in terms of which one party indemnifies another from liability for certain possible future events, liability and risk for such an event.

Eg: In a garage or a mechanics workshop a sign that reads “Cars are driven at the owner’s risk” or in a parking garage “Cars are stored at the owner’s sole risk.” These are general terms of indemnity that a service provider wants you to agree to, and can also often be found on quotations and invoices.

Today; we thought we would try and answer this question which was sent to us last week on Friday.

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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