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Status Updates - September 2014 #6

..Is Tumblr trendier? A survey released by Tumblr says the users of that social media platform have higher average incomes than users of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, and a report from Adobe says that this translates into…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law

She Liked It. She Really, Really Liked It: Federal District Court Holds Facebook Fan Page Manager Doesn’t Own “Likes”

A federal district court broke new social media law ground in August 2014 when it held in favor of the cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) in a suit brought by the founder of an unofficial Facebook fan page for…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property

Status Updates - September 2014 #5

..School discipline. The California legislature has passed a law that, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (or not vetoed by him before the end of September), would significantly expand privacy protections for students from…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Privacy

Status Updates - September 2014 #4

..Disappearing ink. Facebook is testing, for a small group of users, a feature that will permit a user to schedule a post for automatic deletion after a specified period of time. It seems that the period can range from an hour…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Status Updates - September 2014 #3

..In-tweet purchases. Twitter is testing the ability for its users to make purchases directly from tweets. The popular social network is working with a number of sellers, nonprofits and artists—as well as a small handful of…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy

Status Updates - September 2014 #2

Lawsuit panned by Court. The popular ratings app Yelp has been cleared by a federal appeals court of allegations in a class action lawsuit that the company extorted advertising dollars from businesses by threatening to remove…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - September 2014

..We can work it out. Actress Katherine Heigl and the Duane Reade chain of drugstores have settled a $6 million federal suit filed by Heigl this past April in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - August 2014 #13

..Blind spots. Self-driving cars are an excellent example of innovation, and the ones with Google technology have already traveled more than 700,000 miles. But what if a self-driving car doesn’t “see” a new traffic light or a…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - August 2014 #12

..What’s not to like? The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an employee’s Facebook “like” approving of another employee’s statements about their employer may constitute “concerted activity” under federal labor law…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - August 2014 #11

Breaking the ice. No one expected that people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads for charity would become the viral phenomenon that it has. One key technical secret to the success of the “ice bucket challenge” may…more
| Communications & Media Law

Status Updates - August 2014 #10

..Death in the digital age. When someone dies, his or her heirs or executor will have broad rights to access the deceased person’s letters, documents and other physical assets. Delaware has just become the first state to enact…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Status Updates - August 2014 #9

..Beyond wearables. Wearable Internet devices like Google Glass have made an impact. Could “nearables” be the next new thing? That’s the name that some people are giving to sensors or “beacons” attached to ordinary objects or…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - August 2014 #8

..Reality test. Facebook has begun to test a new feature that marks as “satire” material from satirical or comedic websites that appears in the guise of “fake news.” Some users, evidently unable to tell reality from clever…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 5 - August 2014

In This Issue: - Data for the Taking: Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to Combat Web Scraping - Google Glass Into Europe: A Small Step or a Giant Leap? - Drugs and the Internet: FDA Distributes New…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - August 2014 #7

..Better shop around. In connection with a new staff report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) examined 121 popular apps used to comparison shop, find online deals and pay with mobile devices; the FTC concluded that many of…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection
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