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Facebook Wins First Round of European Class Action Privacy Battle

Facebook has won its latest class action case in a long-running legal battle involving 25,000 European Facebook users. The class action was led by Austrian law student and privacy campaigner Max Schrems, and alleged that...more

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 3 - July/August 2015

Welcome to the newest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award winning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we present a “grand unifying theory” of today’s leading technologies and the legal...more

Be Careful whom you friend on Facebook. When things go south, your next message may have a summons and complaint attached.

The few decisions addressing the propriety of service via social media reportedly are split on the issue. In a situation that is likely to become more common, a New York County Supreme Court Judge, Matthew Cooper, ruled...more

Manatt Digital Media - July 2015

In this edition, we reflect upon the key digital media events of the first half of 2015 and present the major deals, developments and trends across video, music, gaming and virtual reality....more

Debtor’s Founder Ordered to Turn Over Social Media Accounts to Reorganized Company

A recent bankruptcy court decision highlights the importance of Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and similar social media assets in today’s business marketplace. It’s not always clear how these might be best protected, but...more

Why Social Media Matters

Not many born before 1990 would argue with the assertion that, in our lifetime, the Internet has changed just about everything. Here are a few examples: Postal mail (“snail mail”) is well on the way to obsolescence. The...more

Demanding Access To Social Media And Personal Information - Is It Legal?

Employers, both public and private, are using social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, to learn about prospective or current employees. Some employers have even gone so far as to request that...more

In the E.U., Where to Bring Suit When the Subject is Data and the Defendant is a U.S. Company? Hint: It’s About More Than Just...

When are U.S. social media companies subject to European data privacy laws? As we reported in 2013, the answer is often contingent on geographic location – where the relevant data is processed. In 2013, for example, a German...more

Status Updates: Driving while social; a small country’s Facebook ban; and Pinterest’s new purchasing feature

Driven to distraction. A frightening number of people are interacting with social media when they should be watching the road. As part of a public service campaign to stop distracted driving, the phone company AT&T recently...more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

Teacher has Certification Suspended for One Year Following Facebook Posts that Ridicule Student’s Name

The issue of disciplining employees for their use, or more accurately, misuse of social media is one that is frequently in the headlines, and this is never more true than when it involves an educator. Recently the New Jersey...more

Gone, But Not Forgotten – A Deactivated Facebook Account Can Be Discoverable

Courts have long grappled with social media in a legal context. The struggle to understand social media issues — and to craft coherent applicable legal policy — renders Crowe v. Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland, LLC...more

Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

This week, a major self-regulatory initiative intended to address privacy concerns associated with facial recognition technology hit a significant stumbling block. Nine consumer advocacy groups withdrew from the National...more

Can Employee Display a Confederate Flag on Facebook as Free Speech? Or Can Employer Take Action?

There’s been lots of talk lately about the Confederate flag and its symbolism in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings. But I wondered: How has this flag come up in the context of employment discrimination cases?...more

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know

Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got a bigger problem: When he was 17, he was not as wise as he is now at the...more

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!: New Employment Laws for Social Media Accounts

The Nutshell - Effective July 1, 2015, Virginia Code § 40.1-28.7:5 prohibits employers from requiring that current or prospective employees disclose information about their personal social media accounts....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2015

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know - Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got...more

When Bad Things Happen to Good People...On the Internet

The internet has generated countless new ways to communicate and share thinking. Some posted information is negative, which can still be useful when messages are truthful, in good taste, and constructive. But some negative...more

Supreme Court Requires Proof of Criminal Intent Even If Facebook Threats Are Obvious to a Reasonable Person

On June 1, 2015, in Elonis v. United States, ____ U.S. ___ (2015) (Docket #13-983), a case involving statements made on the Criminal Defendant/Petitioner’s Facebook page, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit’s...more

Harassing Facebook Posts Justify Termination

A recent labor arbitration decision illustrates that an employer can terminate an employee who uses social media to insult and threaten co-workers in violation of a workplace harassment policy. This case arose when the...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2015

ADVERTISING - UK: Tweaks to rules on sales promotions and competitions - The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has introduced changes to the provisions of its advertising code which deal with the running of...more

SEE YOU IN COURT – June 2015

Last year, Mal Content ran for the Nutmeg Board of Education on a platform of constituent service, with advertisements promising, “Tell me your problems, and I will find you solutions.” Despite Mal’s grand promises, he was...more

SCOTUS rules Facebook posts not threatening without intent

The Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) ruled on June 1, 2015, that violent Facebook posts of a husband about killing his wife with a mortar launcher and blowing up FBI agents cannot be considered...more

Applying the Video Privacy Protection Act to Online Streaming

Passed in 1988, the VPPA prohibits a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) to third parties without his or her consent. The VPPA defines a “video...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Facebook Decision Impact Schools?

In a recent decision, Elonis v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held that in order to convict a man for alleged threats made against his wife on Facebook, the prosecutor must show some level of intent. It was not enough...more

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