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Antisocial Media - Union Not Liable For Threatening Facebook Posts

Imagine if you will, that a company-sponsored website allows employees to post comments. During the course of a union strike, an employee who chooses to cross the picket line posts a comment threatening to kill union members...more

Manipulating User Postings Removes Service Provider from CDA Immunity

As detailed on this blog before, the immunity from "publisher or speaker" liability for interactive computer service providers under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is broad and generally encompasses a wide variety of...more

Crowd-Sourced Review Website May Incur Lanham Act Liability For Selectively Deleting Reviews

Today’s consumers depend on “crowd-sourced” review websites like Angie’s List and Yelp, which permit users to post and read reviews of goods and services. Businesses feel a corresponding pressure to encourage favorable...more

Legally Compliant Online Promotions - Doing Online Promotions Without Getting Sued

In This Presentation: - User Generated Content ..What, Me Worry? What could go wrong with UGC? - The Communications Decency Act ..Section 230 - The DMCA ..Safe Harbor - Sweepstakes, Contests and...more

Freedom of Speech on the Internet: The Power of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Experienced First Amendment lawyers know that websites hosting user-created content are extremely difficult to sue for defamation. This is due to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, codified at 47 U.S.C. §...more

A Tough Assignment: The Use of Copyright Law to Squelch, and Preserve, Negative Online Reviews of Doctors and Lawyers

There are few things more terrifying to a doctor, lawyer or other professional than a bad online review. Online reviews are frequently uncivil, often indelible and in some cases outright false. Meanwhile, Section 230 of the...more

Parameters of CDA Immunity Being Tested by Appeals Court in Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is currently hearing an appeal of a district court decision, which if upheld would have enormous ramifications for freedom of speech and the online service provider safe harbor...more

#Libel and the Lulu App

You can rate your favorite pizza place online. Why not your ex-boyfriend? That’s the idea, at least, behind Lulu. The popular app allows women, verified through their Facebook profiles, to rate men using pre-written...more

Who is Liable: App Stores or App Developers?

The app economy is, by most estimates, equivalent in size to the GDP of a small country: $15 billion in 2012, projected to mushroom to $74 billion by 2016. All that economic activity inevitably breeds litigation. In what...more

District Court Reaffirms that Service Provider will be Granted Immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Via Section 230, the Communications Decency Act (CDA) provides broad immunity for service providers, hosts and website operators for claims stemming from their publication of information created by third parties....more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 17, 2013

Evans v. Hewlett-Packard Co., USDC, N.D. Cal., October 10, 2013 - District court rejects state-law claims brought by performer “Chubby Checker” relating to lewd mobile app using the same name, finding claims pre-empted...more

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part IV - User Generated Content (Content Treasure Trove v. Legal...

Companies are looking for online interaction with customers, a solid presence on social media, and other dynamic ways to connect with potential consumers. Often, this means campaigns and their websites will rely on some form...more

The Trademark "Twist"

Judge Alsup out of the Northern District of California recently issued a decision relating to HP's App Catalogue's (its online store) sale of an app called "Chubby Checker," an app that estimates the size of a male's anatomy...more

Court Denies Section 230 Immunity to TheDirty.com for User Posts, Setting Stage for Battle in Sixth Circuit

On Aug. 12, 2013, a federal court in Kentucky held that the website TheDirty.com can be liable for comments posted by third parties, refusing to rule as a matter of law that the site is immune under Section 230 of the...more

Choosing a Specific Domain Name and Adding Commentary to Defamatory Posts Causes Host to Lose §230 Immunity

Via Section 230, the Communications Decency Act (CDA) provides broad immunity for service providers, hosts and website operators for claims stemming from their publication of information created by third parties....more

TheDirty.com Held Liable Despite Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act

TheDirty.com is not exactly deserving of sympathy. Much like Playboy and Hustler pushed the boundaries of the First Amendment in the past, rumor sites like TheDirty.com are pushing the limits of Section 230 immunity for...more

TheDirty.com Goes to Trial

In 2012, we reported on a pair of district court decisions that, based on similar facts, split on whether defendant TheDirty.com, a gossip website, qualified for immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act...more

Online Marketer That Allegedly Used Fake News Sites to Promote Products May Not Be Protected by CDA Immunity

Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act (CDA) promotes the free flow of information on the internet. The statute seeks to ensure that website operators and other interactive computer services are not hampered by lawsuits...more

Mexico's Telecommunications' reform ready to be signed by President Peña Nieto

On May 23, after the approval of 24 Mexican states (Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, México, Morelos, Nayarit, Puebla, Querétaro,...more

Advertising News & Analysis - February 7, 2013

In this issue: - Jon Leibowitz Announces Departure From FTC - Lessons from FTC’s POM Wonderful Decision - No CDA Immunity for Fake News Site Affiliate Network - Upcoming Events An excerpt from...more

My Open Letter To Congressman Poe On The Houston Business And Technology Roundtable

Yesterday, I had the privilege of taking part in a “Business and Technology Roundtable” with Congressman Ted Poe. The event was put on by SEMPO, HiMA and Google and was attended by marketing firms, well-known Houston brands...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update -- Volume 4, Issue 1 -- January/February 2013

In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we explore the challenges that arise when employers and employees battle over work-related social media accounts; we...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates Plug and Play Order and Encoding Rules Applicable to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors

On Jan. 15, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided that the FCC lacked the statutory authority to adopt its 2003 encoding rules, which limit the output and copy restrictions that can be applied...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - Written Contracts and the Statute of Limitations...Page 1 - Website Owners: Who is Liable for Third Party Postings on Your Website?...Page 2 - Business Tort Brings Sanctions...Page 3 -...more

Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (2nd Edition)

In October 2009, we published the first edition of this White Paper, focusing primarily on social media issues in the United States. The response was overwhelming and far beyond our expectation — clients, friends, press and...more

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