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Status Updates - January 2015 #5

Pupils, passwords and privacy. A law that went into effect on January1st has the parents of some Illinois school children asking themselves how much of their children’s privacy they’re willing to forgo to keep cyberbullying in…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - January 2015 #4

Social drinkers. The founder of the Lagunitas Brewing Company decided to drop a lawsuit that he’d filed against Sierra Nevada for trademark infringement after beer drinkers expressed their disapproval of the suit on Twitter…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Narrow Vision: Did Anti-Glass Hysteria Contribute to the Demise of Google Glass?

Once the hottest new technology innovation around, Google Glass was put out to pasture yesterday, at least for the near future. In the tech industry, we generally assume that a game-changing product like Glass will…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Looking Ahead in 2015: Obama Announces Push for Privacy Legislation in Final Term

President Obama provided a preview of his State of the Union address next week which will propose comprehensive data privacy legislation, including a nationwide data-breach notification law, a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - January 2015 #3

A Craigslist conviction. The highest court in Massachusetts upheld the conviction under the Bay State’s anti-harassment statute of a couple who posted fake Craigslist advertisements that caused a great deal of trouble for their…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Shorter and Simpler, Yes – But Is IBM’s New Cloud Services Agreement Any Sweeter?

IBM has been receiving rave reviews in the media for simplifying its Cloud Services Agreement to a mere two pages in length. And yes, the Agreement also boasts healthy margins and a normal font. But does the Agreement’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Good Rep: Social Media Assets in M&A Transactions

As we previously reported, a company’s social media pages and profiles, and the associated followers, friends and other connections, may constitute valuable business assets. In our experience, however, social media assets often…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - January 2015 #2

Poster’s remorse. It’s official – as of Jan 1, social media sites accessible in California had to begin allowing users younger than 18 “to remove, or to request and obtain removal of” posts they regret. The legislation, known as…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - January 2015

Fake-out stakeout. For several months now, we’ve been covering the increasingly prevalent use of social media by law enforcement agencies conducting criminal investigations. In one such instance, the FBI sent a link to a…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

What Are the Rules of the Advergame in the UK?

Advergames are online video games that are created in order to promote a brand, product or organization by immersing a marketing message within the game. They are typically accessed via an organization’s website or app, or via a…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Status Updates - December 2014 #6

Facebook fit. It’s been said that a species’ evolutionary success depends more on its adaptability than any other trait. That apparently holds true for a social media platform’s staying power, too. Facebook continues to flourish…more
| Communications & Media Law

Status Updates - December 2014 #5

An undercover app. Internet innovators have for some time been trying to cash in on the public’s mounting desire for anonymous messaging platforms, with varied success. As we recently noted, at least 11 students at colleges…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click it…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Intellectual Property

Status Updates - December 2014 #4

Instagrowth. Instagram’s relationship with Facebook is turning out to be mutually beneficial. Since Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, the photo sharing platform has passed the 300-million-user mark, surpassing…more
| Communications & Media Law

So You Think You Have a Contract? Website Terms and Unconscionability

We have written previously regarding the pitfalls of online contract formation, including where website operators fail to implement website terms in a manner that requires users to expressly accept such terms. A recent…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology
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