John Delaney

John Delaney

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Status Updates - April 2015 #2

Bad ads. New research shows that 5% of the people visiting Google-related websites are using computers infected with programs that insert illegitimate ads onto web pages; as a result, these web surfers see ads that site...more

4/8/2015 - Advertising Amazon Google Internet of Things Mobile Payments Online Advertisements

Status Updates - March 2015 #2

Out with the inbox? The overwhelming popularity of workplace-specific platforms that facilitate coworker communication—commonly referred to as “enterprise social media”—is undeniable. But are these platforms poised to someday...more

3/31/2015 - Advertising Electronic Communications Email Enterprise Social Network Financial Conduct Authority Instagram Movies Online Platforms Social Networks Twitter UK

Twenty Years Down the Road: A Q&A With Paul Goldstein, Author of Copyright’s Highway

More than two decades have passed since internationally recognized copyright law expert and award-winning novelist Professor Paul Goldstein of Stanford Law School (and Of Counsel to Morrison & Foerster) published his landmark...more

3/3/2015 - Authorship Copyright Legal History

Oh Snap! Social Media, Snapchat and the Need for Platform-Specific Marketing Strategies

One of the fascinating things about social media is that, from a marketing standpoint, each social media platform offers its own unique set of features and opportunities; as a result, a marketing strategy that proves...more

3/2/2015 - Marketing SnapChat Social Networks

Status Updates - February 2015 #4

Blawg rules. The California State Bar has issued an opinion outlining the circumstances under which an attorney’s blog would be subject to the requirements of the California State Bar Act’s Rules of Professional Conduct...more

2/23/2015 - Advertising Bar Associations Blogs Legal Ethics Rules of Professional Conduct Selfies Social Media Young Lawyers

Status Updates - February 2015 #2

Social work. Enterprise social media platforms – i.e., Facebook-like platforms used by companies to facilitate communication and collaboration among their employees – are incredibly popular these days; by some estimates, it...more

2/9/2015 - Facebook Research Tools SnapChat Social Media Social Networks Software Tinder

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

Narrow Vision: Did Anti-Glass Hysteria Contribute to the Demise of Google Glass?

Once the hottest new technology innovation around, Google Glass was put out to pasture yesterday, at least for the near future. In the tech industry, we generally assume that a game-changing product like Glass will...more

1/16/2015 - Google Google Glass Privacy Concerns

Status Updates - January 2015 #3

A Craigslist conviction. The highest court in Massachusetts upheld the conviction under the Bay State’s anti-harassment statute of a couple who posted fake Craigslist advertisements that caused a great deal of trouble for...more

1/16/2015 - Advertising Anti-Harassment Policies Craigslist Cyber Crimes Facebook False Advertising Harassment Instagram LinkedIn Selfies Social Media Social Networks Twitter

Shorter and Simpler, Yes – But Is IBM’s New Cloud Services Agreement Any Sweeter?

IBM has been receiving rave reviews in the media for simplifying its Cloud Services Agreement to a mere two pages in length. And yes, the Agreement also boasts healthy margins and a normal font. But does the Agreement’s...more

1/14/2015 - Cloud-Based Services Contract Negotiations IBM

Status Updates - January 2015

Fake-out stakeout. For several months now, we’ve been covering the increasingly prevalent use of social media by law enforcement agencies conducting criminal investigations. In one such instance, the FBI sent a link to a...more

1/8/2015 - DEA Driverless Cars Facebook FBI Fourth Amendment Google Google Glass Instagram Law Enforcement MySpace Revenge Porn Social Media Social Networks

Status Updates - December 2014 #6

Facebook fit. It’s been said that a species’ evolutionary success depends more on its adaptability than any other trait. That apparently holds true for a social media platform’s staying power, too. Facebook continues to...more

12/18/2014 - Facebook Social Media Social Networks Twitter

Status Updates - December 2014 #5

An undercover app. Internet innovators have for some time been trying to cash in on the public’s mounting desire for anonymous messaging platforms, with varied success. As we recently noted, at least 11 students at colleges...more

12/17/2014 - Anonymity Facebook Mobile Apps Social Media Twentieth Century Fox WhatsApp Yik Yak

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

Between a lock and a hard place. Should search engines be responsible for verifying the legitimacy of the companies they include in their search results? A locksmith in Lorton, Virginia, is claiming that they should. Mark...more

12/3/2014 - Advertising Facebook Mobile Apps Mobile Devices Search Engines Social Media Twitter

Status Updates - November 2014 #13

Search stripped? European regulators have several beefs with Google—the digital giant has been accused of tax avoidance and violations of data protection laws—but right now they’re focused on whether the company, which...more

12/1/2014 - EU EU Data Protection Laws Google Monopolization Tax Avoidance

Status Updates - November 2014 #12

Forget me not. Twitter launched just eight years ago with this tweet from company co-founder, Jack Dorsey: (Please see photo below.) (Not nearly as dramatic as “Mr. Watson—come here—I want to see you”— but I digress.) ...more

11/26/2014 - ABC v Aereo Aereo Commercial Bankruptcy Copyright Cybersecurity Data Protection Internet of Things SCOTUS Search Engines Twitter

Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes

Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy phony Facebook “likes.” And those can go a long way toward making a small business owner’s dreams come true, right?...more

11/24/2014 - Advertising Facebook Like Gating Likes Marketing Small Business Social Media Spam

Status Updates - November 2014 #8

..Pay to play. Attention, marketing professionals: The free ride that Facebook has been giving to advertisers is coming to end. We’ve recently discussed Facebook’s recently ban on “like” gating. Now, inspired by its users’...more

11/19/2014 - Advertising Facebook Google Music Online Advertisements Pay-To-Play Personally Identifiable Information Preserving American Privacy Act Social Media Spotify Uber UK

Status Updates - November 2014 #6

That’s a lot of latte. It turns out that Starbucks—not a company in the mobile payments business—was the first company to make in-person payments by mobile phone mainstream. According to recent statements by the coffee...more

11/14/2014 - Anonymity General Electric Instagram Mobile Apps Mobile Payments Retailers Social Media Starbucks YouTube

Status Updates - November 2014 #5

..Tale of the tape. Remember the 1980s? Back then, watching a movie on demand meant visiting your local video store and renting the video tape version of the film that you wanted to watch (assuming it was available). During...more

11/11/2014 - Defamation Social Media Social Networks UK VPPA

Status Updates - November 2014

..Cuffed links. The Spanish parliament has passed what is commonly known as the “Google tax,” although it’s technically not a tax and doesn’t apply solely to Google. Rather, it’s an intellectual property law requiring online...more

11/4/2014 - Content Aggregators Data-Sharing Evidence Fees Fifth Amendment IBM Passwords Spain Twitter

Status Updates - October 2014 #14

Cover your Glass. We’ve addressed in Socially Aware the growing legal hysteria stirred up by Google Glass and other wearable technology. Just as Polaroid cameras were once banned from beach resorts and even the Washington...more

11/3/2014 - Data Breach Dating Services FTC Google Glass Kamala Harris Mobile Apps Wearable Technology

Status Updates - October 2014 #13

..Back to the future. Socially Aware readers – and editors – of, uhm, a certain age will fondly recall how, during the early days of the dotcom era, we hung out on message boards and in chat rooms discussing (some might say...more

10/31/2014 - Chat Rooms Facebook Internet of Things Marketing Message Boards Online Advertisements Young Lawyers

Status Updates - October 2014 #9

Court spanks parents. In a landmark decision, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in Boston v. Athearn that parents can be held responsible for the social media activities of their kids. The case involved a seventh-grade boy...more

10/21/2014 - Copyblogger Cyberbullying Drivers Facebook Minors Personal Liability Social Media Uber

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