Morrison & Foerster LLP - Social Media

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

UK Consumer Protection Regulator Cracks Down on Undisclosed Endorsements and “Cherry Picking” Reviews on Social Media

Social media is reportedly rife with influencers promoting or reviewing products or services without disclosing compensation or other consideration that they’ve received for such endorsements. The Competition and Markets…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Facebook at Work; Google’s Allo messaging app; Snapchat’s Spectacles

Facebook at Work, the on-the-job version of the web’s most popular social media platform, will launch in London on October 10th. Add iHeartRadio to the list of Internet radio platforms that will be offering an on demand…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Media Safety Guide for Companies

We’re delighted to publish our Social Media Safety Guide for Companies, which highlights key considerations to keep in mind in using social media to promote your company’s products and services and to engage with customers…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Yelp’s Communications Decency Act claim; Twitter loosens its character limit; building a Snapchat audience

The California Supreme Court agreed to hear Yelp’s case arguing that requiring the company to remove a one-star review of a law firm “creates a gaping hole” in the immunity that shields internet service providers from suits…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

5 Questions to Help Prepare for a Ransomware Attack

The news has been filled this year with reports of ransomware attacks against companies and government agencies, including even law enforcement. Ransomware refers to a type of malware that encrypts or otherwise restricts access…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology
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