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Update: Court finds transformative nature of alleged infringing work can’t be decided by side-by-side comparison

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Adding an Instagram border and a few “gobbledygook” notations to an original photograph is not transformative as a matter of law. In an update to our post on a case filed last year, a federal court in New York recently denied...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #4

‘World’s Best’ Is Puffery, Not Objectively Provable Claim - The claim “World’s Best Glass Cleaner” is puffery, the National Advertising Division decided in a challenge brought by S. C. Johnson & Son Inc. against advertiser...more

What Will Your Social Media Influencer Letter from the FTC Look Like?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

We have blogged about the FTC’s barrage of letters when they were originally released in April and again last week. Back in May, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the National Law Journal, the FTC...more

Instagram Updates Sponsored Post Disclosures

by Reed Smith on

Last month, Instagram launched a new feature to let users know when a post is sponsored, making it easier for users to determine if a celebrity was paid to sponsor a post. Instagram will now have a “Paid partnership with” tag...more

Consumer Groups Push for More Regulation of Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In November, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to investigate and bring enforcement actions regarding the use of influencers on Instagram. In April, the FTC responded by...more

Moving Beyond #Ad: Instagram Unveils New Tool for Disclosing Endorsements

by Hogan Lovells on

Instagram recently rolled out a new feature to a select group of its users who use the social media platform for promotional purposes. This tool allows influential users to add a new subheading to posts that reads “Paid...more

Yes, Facebook and Twitter Posts Can Forever Ban You From the United States

American Embassies and Consulates from London to Lisbon to Lebanon and beyond have put into effect the Trump Administration’s determination to implement global extreme vetting for foreign nationals applying for permission to...more

#Clear and #Conspicuous Paid Partnerships: Instagram Lends Helpful Technology Hand

It is often considered difficult for endorsers to make appropriate disclosures of their paid partnership with a brand within the confines of social media. Instagram has announced it will try to help make disclosures around...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #5

Full Disclosure: Instagram to Help Influencers With Compliance - On the heels of dozens of letters sent by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to influencers and marketers, cautioning them to make appropriate disclosures on...more

Instagram Announces a New Tool for Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last year, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to “investigate and bring enforcement actions related to the practice of non-disclosed advertising through influencer user...more

Social Links: Instagram’s new tool to denote paid posts; the world’s 1st autonomous-vehicle public transportation system for the...

Instagram is now allowing a limited number of users to identify branded content with a “paid partnership” subhead instead of using hashtags like #ad and #sponsored to identify sponsored posts. The platform says it plans to...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this summer's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

P. Diddy on Instagram – No Free Pass on Copyright Law

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As Biggie said “Mo Money Mo Problems” – Last month, a New York-based photojournalist filed suit again Diddy’s record label, Bad Boy Records, for posting a photo of none other than P. Diddy himself on his own Instagram...more

Good or Bad? Facebook, Instagram Updated Privacy Policies Could Signal Industry-Wide Crackdown on Social Media Surveillance

by Butler Snow LLP on

Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram recently updated their privacy policies to protect users from social media surveillance. These updates could lead an industry-wide trend in restricting third-party sales of user data....more

The Changing State of Retail: Creating More Instagrammable Moments

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If you’ve read any headlines lately about the state of retail, you’ve likely noticed that headwinds are leading to downsizing and debt restructuring. Yet, studies show that consumer confidence is high, and overall retail...more

Influencers, Hashtags and Disclosures: The FTC’s Response and Commercial Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), after reviewing Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes, and social media influencers, recently issued 90 letters reminding these influencers and marketers about the FTC’s requirements...more

The Kardashians Can’t Keep up with Copyright Law

Khloe Kardashian is the latest Kardashian to find herself in court over her activities on social media. The youngest Kardashian sister was sued by a photographer for copyright infringement in Xposure Photos UK Ltd v Khloe...more

The FTC Gets Specific on Influencer Material Connection Disclosures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A few weeks ago we blogged about the FTC’s warning letter writing campaign to brands and influencers about disclosure of material connections on Instagram. At that time, the FTC had only released sample letters – one for one...more

Updates Regarding the FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media

by Buchalter on

In July of 2015, I wrote about the New FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media. I discussed the FTC’s rationale, concerns and stance on using social media to advertise and promote products. At the time, when the...more

Khloe Kardashian Sued By Photographer Over Instagram Photo

by Reed Smith on

Xposure Photos Ltd., a U.K. photography company, filed suit in the Central District of California last week against Khloe Kardashian, alleging that she infringed its copyright when she posted a photo of herself and her...more

Social Links: Social media ad spend soars; the FTC sends special message to “influencers”; LinkedIn changes its terms of use

A New York State senator has introduced a bill that would make posting footage of a crime to social media with the intention of glorifying violence or becoming famous punishable by up to four years in prison and fines....more

Your newest Instagram follower, the FTC: Agency reminds endorsers and marketers to #disclose with over 90 warning letters

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reminded celebrities, social media influencers, and marketers that failing to disclose material connections to the products they endorse is #notokay. Please see full Publication below...more

Transformative Use or Infringement

In Cariou v. Prince, 714 F3d 694 [106 USPQ2d 1497] (2d Cir. 2013), the Second Circuit said that a use of a copyrighted work need not comment on the original artist or work, or on popular culture, in order to constitute...more

Advertising Standards Authority Rules That Instagram Post Contained Inadequate Disclosure

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent ruling of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the U.K. highlights the global crackdown on sponsored posts that do not make clear that they are advertising. A complaint was filed with the ASA about an...more

Influencers and Advertisers Warned By FTC Over Instagram Posts

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it sent more than 90 letters to social media influencers and advertisers, reiterating the need for influencers to “clearly and conspicuously” disclose their...more

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