Morrison & Foerster LLP - Social Media

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 1

Three Steps To Help Ensure The Enforceability Of Your Website’s Terms Of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other websites typically manage their risks by imposing terms of use or terms of service for the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Launching a Mobile App in Europe? Seven Things to Consider When Drafting the Terms & Conditions

The mobile app has become the new face of business. It’s no longer sufficient to have a company website. More and more companies want a mobile app that users can download to their smartphones and easily access. It’s not…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Court Decision Highlights Potential Headache for Companies Hosting User-Generated Content

In this election season, we hear a lot of complaints about laws stifling business innovation. And there is no doubt that some laws have this effect. But what about laws that spur innovation, that result in the creation of…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Harmonizing B2C Online Sales of Goods and Digital Content in Europe

The European Commission has announced new draft laws that would give consumers new remedies where digital content supplied online is defective or not as described by the seller…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

2015: Our Greatest Hits

Last year, entrepreneurs, companies and courts grappled with questions over content owners’ rights with respect to livestreaming, Yelp reviewers’ anonymity expectations, bankruptcy creditors’ access to business’ Facebook and…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Go Fish: Do General Discovery Rules Apply to a Litigant’s Facebook Posts?

While discovery of social media information has been commonplace for some time, courts are still struggling with when such discovery should be allowed. While courts generally hold that normal discovery rules apply to social…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Electronic Discovery, Personal Injury

Our List of Lists

January is the month when lists—lists of predictions, lists of trends, lists of feats and lists of failures—pervade social media newsfeeds and publications’ headlines. Here at Socially Aware we’re making an annual tradition of…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

An FTC Warning on Native Advertising

“Native advertising”—ads that may blur the distinction between advertising and editorial, video or other content—has been a hot topic in recent years for both marketers and regulators. It is popular with marketers because it is…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Influencer Marketing: Tips for a Successful (and Legal) Advertising Campaign

In an age of explosive growth for social media and declining TV viewership numbers, companies are partnering with so-called “influencers” to help the companies grow their brands. Popular users of Instagram, Vine, YouTube and…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property

Frying Small Potatoes: Will Amazon’s Pursuit of Individual Fake-Review Writers Pay Off?

Amazon’s customer reviews have long been a go-to resource for consumers researching prospective purchases. Unfortunately, fake customer reviews—product critiques commissioned by merchants and manufacturers in an effort to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Creative Commons Works: Free to License, But Not Necessarily Free to Use

Companies love to use third-party content for free. In this era of belt-tightening and slashed marketing budgets, why pay to create photos and videos for advertising and other commercial uses when compelling photos and videos…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Cyber Monday, Social Commerce and the End of an Era

Online sales on the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend—Cyber Monday—have continued to increase year over year since the day was first christened “Cyber Monday” in 2004. As social media enthusiasts, we were surprised to learn that…more
| Communications & Media Law

Infographic: Social Media Marketing

We’re happy to publish our latest infographic, which highlights key social media marketing trends for both B2B and B2C companies. Among other things, the infographic points out that, although companies continue to increase their…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Second Circuit Tackles Employee Rights, Obscenities & Social Media Use

Employers took note last year when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that “liking” a Facebook post can qualify as protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRB held that the owner of a…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Black Friday: It’s Not Just About Brick & Mortar Stores Anymore

Here at Socially Aware, we’re focused on Thanksgiving dinner, but we’re well aware that the day after Thanksgiving—Black Friday—is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and a critical sales day for brick-and-mortar…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology
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