Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update - Vol. 2, Issue 5 - October 2011


In this issue: NLRB Report Provides Guidance to Employers on Social Media Issues; Rough Waters: Repeat Infringer Policies and the DMCA Safe Harbors; What Every Company Should Know About E Discovery and Social Media; CDA Immunity Gives Social Media Providers Wide Latitude in Combating Spam; Challenges to Groupon’s Business Model; You’re Out of Order: Jurors, Social Media and Legal Ethics; Skirmish in Europe: Google Battles the Belgian Press; and Status Updates.

We welcome you to the latest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media. In this issue, we discuss recently-issued guidance from the NLRB regarding social media usage in an employment context; a new federal court decision highlighting the need to adopt and reasonably implement a “repeat infringer” policy in order to receive protection under the DMCA safe harbors from copyright infringement claims; and important tips regarding civil discovery of social media activities. We also take a look at two new cases involving CDA Section 230 immunity for Internet service providers who block spam messages from reaching their intended recipients; highlight recent legal challenges to Groupon’s business model; summarize a new legal ethics opinion regarding pretrial searches by litigators of prospective jurors’ social networking sites; and update readers on Google’s ongoing copyright law dispute with the Belgian French-language press. All this plus some surprising statistics on social media usage by B2B companies and Status Updates, our round-up of news items pertaining to social media.

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