John Delaney

John Delaney

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Augmenting Reality: A Pokémon Go Business and Legal Primer

We have become inured to the sight of people staring at their phones rather than engaging with one another or enjoying their real-life surroundings. But, over the past two weeks, enslavement to mobile devices rose to new...more

7/21/2016 - Google Mobile Apps Nintendo Risk Mitigation SnapChat Terms of Service Trespass Video Games

Controversial New Jersey Consumer Protection Law Creates a Potential “Gotcha” for E-Commerce Companies

If your company is involved in selling products or services to consumers in New Jersey over the web or through mobile apps, you’ll want to read this blog post....more

7/20/2016 - Class Action Consumer Contracts Consumer Fraud E-Commerce Internet Retailers Mobile Apps NJ Supreme Court Savings Clause Spokeo Spokeo v Robins Terms and Conditions Warranties Websites

Social Links: Appeals court opinions show reach of anti-hacking law; a virtual reality sickness cure; intrigue at Vine

The UK wants to use the blockchain to track the spending of welfare recipients. Some believe that a recent Ninth Circuit holding could turn sharing passwords into a federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act....more

7/18/2016 - Block Chain Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) Facebook Live Streaming Mobile Apps Patent Applications Patents SnapChat Social Media UK Vine Virtual Reality

Are Online Trolls Ruining Social Media Marketing?

Earlier this year, I helped moderate a lively panel discussion on social media business and legal trends. The panelists, who represented well-known brands, didn’t agree on anything. One panelist would make an observation,...more

7/15/2016 - Corporate Branding Internet Marketing Online Commentary Personal Brands Social Media Third-Party Harassment Trolls

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 4

Mixed Messages: Courts Grapple With Emoticons and Emoji - Emoticon and emoji are ubiquitous in online and mobile communications; according to one study, 74 percent of Americans use emoticons, emoji and similar images...more

7/13/2016 - Ad-Blockers Copyright Emoji Facebook FTC Marketing NLRA Sexual Harassment Social Media UK

Social Links: Kids roll eyes as parents embrace Snapchat; teen sues Snapchat over sexual content; Snapchat to become less...

Snapchat has caught on with “oldies” (that’s people 35 and older, FYI). The Chinese government has forbidden online media from reporting news spread on social media sites. A 14-year-old and his mom are suing...more

7/11/2016 - Asia China Facebook Instagram Marketing SnapChat Social Media South Korea Twitter YouTube

App Developer Prevails in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Shift to New Business Model

If you make available a service through a free app, and you subsequently decide to migrate users of that app to a paid subscription model, that shouldn’t create any problems, right?...more

7/6/2016 - App Developers Business Model Class Action Corporate Counsel False Advertising Misrepresentation Pleading Standards Unfair Competition Young Lawyers

Social Links: Implications of Facebook’s algorithm change; branded emoji; free travel apps

The Internet is abuzz over the Facebook algorithm change. Here are the implications for marketers and publishers and for regular users. U.S. Customs wants to start collecting the social media accounts for foreign...more

7/5/2016 - Algorithms Cybersecurity Emoji Facebook Mobile Apps SnapChat Social Media U.S. Customs Unemployment Insurance

Social Links: Livestreaming goes mainstream; social-media-use guidance for judges; three years in jail for trolling?

Facebook signs more than $50 million worth of deals with media firms and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service....more

6/27/2016 - Celebrity Endorsements Facebook Gun Laws Hiring & Firing Judges Marketing SnapChat Social Media Tumblr Twitter

Social Links: The ramifications of Microsoft’s LinkedIn purchase; the brands using Snapchat; lawyers’ social media use

Lots of press surrounding Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn: Will LinkedIn change as a result? Will the Microsoft purchase inspire a Twitter acquisition? “Spam King” gets 30 months in jail for sending 27 million messages....more

6/20/2016 - Acquisitions LinkedIn Marketing Microsoft SnapChat Social Media Spam Twitter YouTube

Social Links: Social’s potential to upend the investment industry; online ad fraud; a proposal to fix Twitter

Social media has upended a number of industries. Is Wall Street next? Facebook is getting into the video game live-streaming business....more

6/10/2016 - Arrest Facebook Google Internet Marketing Offensive Language Personal Brands SnapChat Social Media Twitter UK Websites

Will Ad Blockers Kill Online Publishing?

The Internet contains over 4.6 billion Web pages, most of which are accessible for free, making content that we used to have to pay for—news, videos, games—available without having to hand over a credit card...more

6/6/2016 - Ad-Blockers Advertising Internet Online Advertisements Websites

Social Links: The rise of social news; how technology hijacks our attention; are websites a dying business?

In a fascinating, must-read article, a Google design ethicist explains the techniques that engineers and entrepreneurs employ to keep us hooked on the web. A majority of U.S. adults—62%—now get their news on social...more

6/3/2016 - Barack Obama Email Emoji EU Facebook Google Hate Speech Instagram Prison Russia Social Media Social Networks Websites

Social Links: Publishers claim ad blockers violate FTC rules; Twitter bags its “buy button”; has the IoT gone too far?

The Newspaper Association of America has filed a first-of-its-kind complaint with the FTC over certain ad blocking technologies. Is it “Internet” or “internet”? The Associated Press is about to change the capitalization...more

5/31/2016 - Blocking Statutes Defamation Facebook FTC Instagram Internet Internet of Things Social Media Twitter

Social Links—Twitter loosens up; case against Google stands; should millennials be in charge of big social media campaigns?

Here’s how Twitter is loosening up its 140-character limit. The federal government will now check the social media history of prospective employees before granting them security clearance....more

5/23/2016 - Corporate Branding Facebook Google Hiring & Firing Impartiality Millennials Search Engines Social Media Twitter

Show Me the Money: Are Social Media Celebrities and Other Online Content Creators Really Raking in the Cash?

Social media has allowed aspiring authors, musicians, filmmakers and other artists to publish their works and develop a fan base without having to wait to be discovered by a publishing house, record label or talent agency....more

5/19/2016 - Advertising Internet Marketing Social Media YouTube

Social Links–Instagram’s logo change causes a stir; stats on social media use at work; lessons from a YouTube star.

The Great Instagram Logo Freakout of 2016. A UK council policy reportedly grants its members power to spy on residents by setting up fake Facebook profiles....more

5/16/2016 - Corporate Branding Emoji Facebook Instagram Social Media YouTube

Friday Links—The most disliked movie trailer ever; using social media to plan trips and land job interviews; and more.

Facebook users spend more time on the platform than they spend pursuing any other leisure activity, except TV. Indeed, 1/16th of the average user’s waking time is spent on the platform. The most disliked movie trailer in...more

5/6/2016 - Facebook Identity Theft SnapChat Social Networks Twitter Wearable Technology

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 3

How To Protect Your Company’s Social Media Currency - Today’s companies compete not only for dollars but also for likes, followers, views, tweets, comments and shares. “Social currency,” as some researchers call it, is...more

4/29/2016 - Clickwrap Agreements Data Security Digital Single Market EU EU-US Privacy Shield Internet of Things IP License Online Reviews Protected Concerted Activity Social Media US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Friday Links - April 2016 #3

A lawsuit alleges this Snapchat feature is making driving even more dangerous, and it’s not texting or instant messaging. This state is considering imposing hefty fines on jurors who post information to social media...more

4/29/2016 - Facebook Instagram Juror Selection Personal Data SnapChat Social Media Tinder

Friday Links - April 2016 #2

Defense lawyers who checked out the Facebook page of a plaintiff suing their client can be prosecuted for attorney misconduct, New Jersey judge rules... ...more

4/25/2016 - Ethics FTC Professional Networking Public Agencies Social Networks Tinder

Mixed Messages: Courts Grapple With Emoticons and Emoji

Emoticons—such as :-)—and emoji are ubiquitous in online and mobile communications; according to one study, 74 percent of Americans use emoticons, emoji and similar images on a regular basis. Given their popularity, it...more

4/21/2016 - Emoji Evidence Facebook Petition for Writ of Certiorari Silk Road Social Networks Young Lawyers

Friday Links

We’re trying something new here at Socially Aware: In addition to our usual social-media and tech-law analyses and updates, we’re going to end each work week with a list of links to interesting social media stories around the...more

4/15/2016 - Big Data Facebook First Amendment Marketing Social Networks

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award winning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we offer tips for a successful—and legal—advertising campaign; we examine a New York...more

3/9/2016 - Advertising B2C Big Data Digital Goods Discovery Discovery Rule EU Facebook FTC Internet Retailers Marketing Mobile Apps Native Advertising Social Media Terms and Conditions User-Generated Content

New Court Decision Highlights Potential Headache for Companies Hosting User-Generated Content

In this election season, we hear a lot of complaints about laws stifling business innovation. And there is no doubt that some laws have this effect. But what about laws that spur innovation, that result in the creation...more

1/15/2016 - Copyright DMCA Takedown Notices User-Generated Content YouTube

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