Morrison & Foerster LLP - Social Media

A List of Lists

Every December and January you can count on the trade press and the mainstream media to run lists of predictions for the upcoming year and retrospectives on the year past ranking the “best” and “worst” of everything from…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

2016: Our Greatest Hits

Last year we explained how companies could protect their social media currency and heed the FTC’s warning on native advertising. We examined court opinions establishing the criteria for enforceable website terms of use and…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: AI displaces insurance company employees; revenge-porn victim seeks injunction against search engines; Wendy’s wins Twitter war against a troll

Over 30 workers at a Japanese insurance company are losing their jobs following the company’s adoption of IBM’s Watson Explorer, an artificial intelligence system that will perform an important back office function at the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

2017: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions and predictions. We won’t bother Socially Aware readers with our resolutions for 2017, but we thought that we would share some predictions for the new year from our editors…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Decline and Fall of Section 230?

2016 has been a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or Leonard Cohen, feel free to drop us a line). But one possible…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Copyright Office Rule Creates Potential “Gotcha” for Blogs and Websites Hosting User-Generated Content

If your company operates a website or blog that hosts user-generated content, you’ll want to read this post carefully. We’re ringing the alarm bell on an important new U.S. copyright law development that, if ignored,…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

In a Rough Year for CDA §230, Manchanda v. Google Provides Comfort to Website Operators

As we noted in our recent post on the Ninth Circuit case Kimzey v. Yelp! Inc., in the right circumstances, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) still provides robust protection against liability for website…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Yellow journalism rakes in cash; NYC law protects gig economy pay; Twitter suspends “alt-right” accounts

“Yellow journalism” websites are using social media to capitalize on popular ideology. And they’re making a bundle. New York City recently passed the country’s first law protecting the wages of “gig economy” workers. The…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Yelp Case Shows CDA §230 Still Has Teeth

2016 has been a challenging year for Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) and the website operators who depend on it for protection against liability stemming from user-generated content. An unusually large number…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: IMDb sues over right to post actors’ ages; Facebook tests jobs feature; Pinterest adopts “tried it” button

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has filed suit to overturn a law that requires the popular entertainment website to remove the ages or birth dates of people in the entertainment industry upon request. Vine might not be…more
| Communications & Media Law

Preparing for a Data Security Breach: Ten Important Steps to Take

Is your company prepared to respond to a data security breach? For many companies, even reading this question causes some anxiety. However, being prepared for what seems like the inevitable—a security breach—can be the…more
| Business Organizations, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 6

Commercializing user-Generated Content: Five risk reduction strategies - We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in how companies interact with user-generated content (UGC). For years, companies were happy simply to host…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: LinkedIn’s new feature estimates compensation; states grapple with social-media-account-inheritance laws; insurance company wants to base rates on applicants’ Facebook posts

Because it bases its assesments on job title, location and industry, LinkedIn’s new Salary feature might be more accurate than are other online compensation estimation tools…more
| Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation Prohibiting Geo-Blocking by Online Traders and Content Publishers

As part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers located in other EU Member States…more
| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: IoT Causes Web Outage; YouTube Makes Endorsement Disclosure Convenient; NFL’s Social Media Policy Imposes Fines

The Internet of Things is apparently to blame for the Web outage that paralyzed the online world earlier this month. Justin Timberlake took down his “ballot selfie” from Instagram after Tennessee authorities made clear that…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology
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