Aaron Rubin

Aaron Rubin

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Status Updates - February 2015 #3

Social media for minimalists. These days, the information flooding the news feeds on some social media platforms can feel overwhelming and redundant. Take Twitter, for example—a medium whose popularity has resulted in a user...more

2/17/2015 - Facebook Pinterest Social Networks Super Bowl This Twitter

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 1 - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions - Narrow Vision: Did Anti-Glass Hysteria Contribute to the Demise of Google Glass? - Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held...more

2/6/2015 - Business Assets Cloud-Based Services Contract Negotiations Facebook FTC Google Google Glass Intangible Property Minors Social Media Social Networks

Status Updates - February 2015

Snap decision. The National Arbitration Forum has refused to transfer the domain name snapchatcheck.com to the company behind the popular messaging app Snapchat. The NAF panel decided that the respondent, Dreamhost, the...more

2/2/2015 - Domain Names Fair Use LinkedIn Online Advertisements SnapChat Social Media Social Networks

Status Updates - January 2015 #5

Pupils, passwords and privacy. A law that went into effect on January1st has the parents of some Illinois school children asking themselves how much of their children’s privacy they’re willing to forgo to keep cyberbullying...more

1/23/2015 - Cyberbullying DEA Facebook Law Enforcement Passwords Privacy Laws Public Schools Social Media

Status Updates - January 2015 #4

Social drinkers. The founder of the Lagunitas Brewing Company decided to drop a lawsuit that he’d filed against Sierra Nevada for trademark infringement after beer drinkers expressed their disapproval of the suit on Twitter. ...more

1/19/2015 - Beer Copyright Lagunitas Music Reputation Management Social Media Social Networks Trademark Infringement Trademarks Twitter Video Recordings YouTube

Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions

As we previously reported, a company’s social media pages and profiles, and the associated followers, friends and other connections, may constitute valuable business assets. In our experience, however, social media assets...more

1/12/2015 - Contract Drafting Contract Negotiations Corporate Counsel Digital Assets Purchase Agreement Representations and Warranties Social Media

Status Updates - January 2015 #2

Poster’s remorse. It’s official – as of Jan 1, social media sites accessible in California had to begin allowing users younger than 18 “to remove, or to request and obtain removal of” posts they regret. The legislation, known...more

1/9/2015 - First Amendment Google Minor Eraser Law Public Interest Search Engines Social Media Social Networks

Internet Licensing - The Licensing Journal, Vol. 34, No. 10, Pg 29–31

Implementing and Enforcing Online Terms of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other Web sites must manage a large number of risks resulting from their interactions with users. In an effort to maintain a...more

12/23/2014 - Browsewrap Agreement Clickwrap Agreements Prior Express Consent Social Media Terms of Service Terms of Use Websites

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click...more

12/17/2014 - Advertising Clickwrap Agreements Cloud-Based Services COPPA Counterfeiting Data Protection EU Facebook Infringement Internet Mobile Apps Social Media Terms of Use UK Websites

Status Updates - December 2014 #4

Instagrowth. Instagram’s relationship with Facebook is turning out to be mutually beneficial. Since Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, the photo sharing platform has passed the 300-million-user mark, surpassing...more

12/15/2014 - Automotive Industry Data Collection Data Protection Facebook Instagram Internet Social Media Social Networks Twitter Vehicle Tracking

So You Think You Have a Contract? Website Terms and Unconscionability

We have written previously regarding the pitfalls of online contract formation, including where website operators fail to implement website terms in a manner that requires users to expressly accept such terms. A recent...more

12/12/2014 - Clickwrap Agreements Internet Misrepresentation Terms of Use Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Websites

Status Updates - December 2014 #3

Block party. Twitter has revamped its anti-harassment policies to make it easier to report harassment on the network or to block another account. The change follows recent highly-publicized instances of “Twitter harassment,”...more

12/8/2014 - Anti-Harassment Policies Facebook Social Media Twitter Video Recordings

Status Updates - December 2014

Yik Yak arrests. For several months now we at Socially Aware have been writing about how college students have been using the purportedly anonymous messaging app Yik Yak to communicate deeply offensive remarks and threats of...more

12/4/2014 - Anonymity COPPA Criminal Prosecution Data Collection Google GPS Mobile Apps Offensive Language Privacy Concerns Students Uber Video Recordings Yik Yak YouTube

Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held Negligent for Child’s Facebook Activity

Are parents now liable for what their kids post to Facebook? According to a recent decision in the Georgia Court of Appeals, they are. The Georgia Court of Appeals held that the parents of a seventh-grade student...more

11/25/2014 - Appeals Cyberbullying Defamation Facebook Liability Minors Negligence Popular

Status Updates - November 2014 #11

Invisible hits. What could possibly be meant by the following tweet? “CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52–>49/476-10s.” According to a recent CNN report, GOP groups tweeted such seemingly meaningless gibberish in...more

11/24/2014 - Confidential Documents Holidays Political Campaigns Political Parties Retailers Social Media Twitter

Status Updates - November 2014 #10

Commercial free content. Would you pay to diminish the number of ads that appear on your screen while you surf the Web? Google is testing a service that will allow users to do just that. The service, called Contributor, will...more

11/24/2014 - Advertising Airlines Commercial Bankruptcy Data Mining Google Online Advertisements

Status Updates - November 2014 #9

..A saving grace for search results. In the first case since 2007 to address the issue, a California state court judge recently held that Google’s search results are in fact protected by U.S. free speech laws, and that Google...more

11/20/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Free Speech Google Photographs Search Engines

Status Updates - November 2014 #7

..Laundry time. Make sure you are getting what you’re paying for. That’s good advice in a lot of areas of human endeavor and it’s certainly true of online advertising. We wrote last month about efforts by the online...more

11/14/2014 - Advertising Facebook Google Law Enforcement Online Advertisements Twitter

Status Updates - November 2014 #3

..Lyfted documents? Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing companies that are both expanding rapidly and trying to take business away from traditional taxis in cities across the nation, have never been on the best of terms. Their...more

11/7/2014 - Advertising C-Suite Executives Confidential Information Facebook Former Employee Lyft Native Advertising Online Advertisements Social Media Twitter Uber

Status Updates - November 2014 #2

..Bad chords. A European musician’s attempt to stop a negative concert review from continuing to appear in Internet search results is raising questions about whether the EU’s “right to be forgotten” ruling could prevent the...more

11/6/2014 - EU Expulsion FBI Law Enforcement Malware Online Reviews Social Networks Students

Status Updates - October 2014 #12

..Unfree speech? In the United States, the First Amendment would likely prevent the prosecution of someone who posted racist or anti-Semitic messages on a social media platform. But social media platforms operate worldwide,...more

10/28/2014 - Email EU First Amendment Google Hate Speech Social Media Trademarks Twitter

Status Updates - October 2014 #11

..Clearing the air. Aereo, the startup broadcasting service that lost big in the U.S. Supreme Court last June, just lost another, and possibly its last, court battle. A U.S. district judge in the Southern District of New...more

10/24/2014 - Advertising Aereo Broadcasting Mobile Apps Online Advertisements Preliminary Injunctions Social Networks Twitter

Status Updates - October 2014 #10

..Time change. Until now, Twitter has made a clear distinction between people you follow and people you don’t follow: You only saw tweets from those whom you followed. Now, the service, in what it calls a “timeline...more

10/23/2014 - DEA Facebook Foursquare Social Media Twitter Urbanspoon Yelp

Status Updates - October 2014 #8

..Doctor in the mouse. What if you could input a list of your current symptoms to Google, and quickly be connected with a doctor for a brief consultation? For a limited trial period, Google seems to have set up such a system...more

10/20/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Data Mining Social Media Social Networks

Status Updates - October 2014 #5

..Big Brother isn’t just watching. A single mother in upstate New York was surprised to find that she had a Facebook page in her name, complete with photos of her, her son, and her niece. She hadn’t actually set up the page....more

10/10/2014 - DEA Facebook First Amendment Google Government Investigations Information Requests Internet of Things LinkedIn Microsoft National Security Settlement Twitter Yahoo! Zipcar

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