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Fake and Consequences: Weathering the Reputational Risks and Financial Fallout of “News” that Abuses

In today’s political climate, the phrase “fake news” gets bandied about quite a bit. In addition to its more traditional meaning—news that is false, purposefully misrepresented or outright propaganda—fake news is also sometimes…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics

Stumbling “Blocks”: When Is Social Media Moderation a First Amendment Violation?

As we previously discussed in our post “The ‘Commander-in-Tweet’ and the First Amendment,” the POTUS was criticized by the Knight First Amendment Institute for blocking certain Twitter users from his @realDonaldTrump account…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

Keeping Up with Cayla: Concerns over Interactive Toys Spur an FTC Update of COPPA Guidelines

“Pleeeease?!” Buying a quick gift or giving in to your child’s pleas for a new toy is quickly becoming a more serious decision. In the age where toys can happily entertain kids by talking to them, the few precious moments those…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

But Is It Okay to Google His Name? T-Pain Not Guilty of Genericide

“Baby it’s okay, you can Google my name.” This line from T-Pain’s hit, “Bottlez,” became a focus in a recent Ninth Circuit trademark case on my favorite intellectual property issue: genericide. Among other evidence, the court…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The “Commander-in-Tweet” and the First Amendment

Can you violate the First Amendment by blocking people from your Twitter account? According to the Knight First Amendment Institute, it’s possible if that account is @realDonaldTrump. As we have mentioned before, Donald…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

I, TweetBot: Are Fake Users Social Media’s Dirty Little Secret?

President Donald Trump loves to tweet. Although he has been a prolific tweeter since his days as a reality TV star, during his presidential campaign and subsequent time in office, President Trump has taken the “Art of the Tweet”…more
 /  Communications & Media Law

“Tantrums” Aside, the Law Leans Toward the Employee in Issues of Social Media and Free Speech

Whether or not your friends and family get a kick out of your misery at work, that online post of yours might tick off your employer. But what rights do employers have to restrain their employees from complaining about them…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Executive Order 13800 – Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure

President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order 13800 titled “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” on May 11, 2017, his thirty-fifth executive order since taking office. Before…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

An 8-0 Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Suits

Today, May 22, 2017, in the TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the proper venue for a patent infringement lawsuit is (1) the state of incorporation for the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Banging the Disclosure Drum: The Once Blurry Line between Advertiser and Influencer Continues to Come into Focus

As we have written about time and time again, and as celebrities and influencers gain more and more followers on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, they must exercise care when endorsing the use of…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – Inscrutable Algorithms, Adaptable Botnets and Weibo Backlash

It turns out protecting driverless cars from hacking is hard; a new technology brings emotions to virtual and augmented realities; botnets get attacked (and get a new job); and more … - A new technology transports emotions…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Internet Vino Veritas: Rules and Guidelines for Social Media Efforts Related to Alcohol Sales

Every day, businesses extend more of their services to the internet in an effort to cater to millennials and upcoming generations of consumers. Those in the wine industry are no exception. Though somewhat slow to adopt online…more
 /  Communications & Media Law

Whack a Meme: Is It Possible to Contain (Let Alone Stop) the “Crying Jordan”?

Almost everyone (even my parents) has seen the Crying Michael Jordan meme popping up around the internet and social media. Crying Jordan has appeared in the standard meme form of photoshopped images and gifs but has also…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Don’t Rock the Vote: Helping State and Local Governments Fend Off Cyber Attacks

Voting in local, state and national elections could be viewed as a rudimentary form of social media, by which voters share their views and preferences via selection of a candidate or party platform. The distance between this…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

How Does a Freeze in Federal Hiring Affect Patent Examination Timelines?

The President’s January 23, 2017, executive memorandum implemented a federal hiring freeze. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of those agencies affected by the President’s memorandum. While such a hiring freeze…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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