Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update - Vol. 1, Issue 4 - October 2010

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In This Issue: 2 Facebook Sued for Unauthorized Use of Minors’ Names and Likenesses; 2 YouTube Faces Damages and Injunction in Germany for Infringing User Uploads; 3 California Criminalizes Malicious Online Impersonation; 3 Discovery of Communications Through Social Media Sites; and, 4 The New Frontier of Employee Avatar Appearance Codes.

In this issue of Socially Aware, our guide to the law and business of social media, we take a look at a new lawsuit challenging Facebook’s popular “Like” functionality, and we profile a recently-passed California law restricting the online impersonation of others. We also continue our analysis of the extent to which social media communications are protected from discovery under the Stored Communications Act. We summarize a defeat for YouTube in Germany regarding user-generated content. And, yes, as more and more companies integrate virtual reality technologies into the workplace, issues are arising regarding inappropriately-dressed employee “avatars” — in this issue, we provide our thoughts on this cutting-edge topic. Finally, we provide statistics on how Americans spend their time online (can you guess where social media usage ranked?).

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