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The Hashtag / Trademark Paradox: #Trending, but #Proprietary?

As the hustle and bustle of the INTA 2016 Annual Meeting drew to a close yesterday, I reflected on the session “#HASHTAGS #EverythingYouNeedToKnow” from Tuesday. It seems trademark protection may not (yet) fit comfortably...more

Social Media Competitions in the UK: Play Fair

With 1.65 billion users on Facebook, 332 million users on Twitter and 400 million on Instagram, it is unsurprising that many companies are seeking to increase brand awareness and customer engagement by running competitions...more

Social Links–Instagram’s logo change causes a stir; stats on social media use at work; lessons from a YouTube star.

The Great Instagram Logo Freakout of 2016. A UK council policy reportedly grants its members power to spy on residents by setting up fake Facebook profiles....more

Laremy Tunsil’s Draft Slide May Result in Criminal or Civil Liability

If you watched the first round of the NFL Draft, the big story was the sliding of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil out of the top five to number 13. As the draft was unfolding, someone released a video of him smoking...more

Friday Links - April 2016 #3

A lawsuit alleges this Snapchat feature is making driving even more dangerous, and it’s not texting or instant messaging. This state is considering imposing hefty fines on jurors who post information to social media...more

#Ad! — Lessons from the FTC’s First Case since the Release of its Enforcement Policy on Native Ads

As was widely reported, the Federal Trade Commission entered into a settlement in March with Lord & Taylor over charges that the retailer allegedly deceived consumers through a native advertising campaign run on Instagram and...more

Revamping the Runway-to-Retail Model

With the increase in digital coverage of Fashion Week, from live streams to Snapchat stories and Instagram postings, designers have put what might be considered the most coveted and exclusive ticket in town directly in the...more

Lord & Taylor Case Shows the Importance of Transparency in Advertising

Consumer protection is always in style with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Under the FTC Act, a company cannot make a misrepresentation that would affect the consumer’s conduct or decisions with regard to a product or...more

Lord & Taylor Settles with FTC Over Influencer Native Advertising Campaign on Social Media and Online Magazine

We’ve seen native advertising take many forms, from paid celebrity Tweets to advertisements masked as editorial content to paid influencers promoting brands on social media. With a growing number of companies engaging in...more

National Retailer Settles FTC Charges It Deceived Consumers Through Paid Instagram Posts by “Fashion Influencers”

The national retailer, Lord & Taylor, has settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it deceived consumers by paying for native advertisement, without disclosing that the posts were in fact paid promotions for the...more

50 Cent Breaks the Golden Rule of Social Media Posting

“Be careful what you post.” This may be the most obvious of social media commandments. Yet, it’s also true that it’s difficult to control the degree of public access to photos and messages posted on a social media platform,...more

#ThatPostCouldCauseALegalRoast (Are you using Instagram content illegally… without even knowing it?)

Love it or hate it, Instagram is coming to dominate the world of advertising. During Super Bowl 50, 38 million people reportedly made 155 million Super Bowl-related interactions on Instagram. ...more

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

Artist Richard Prince Sued for Use of Photo from Instagram

It is not the first time artist Richard Prince has made headlines for appropriating others’ artwork into his own without attribution or license. But this time, he has done so in a way that may have implications on the use of...more

Instagram and the #FreeLunch: FTC Guidelines on Social Media Endorsements

With Thanksgiving behind us and the holiday season in full swing, many of us will be dining out at local restaurants and picking up sumptuous desserts to bring to dinner parties. Looking for restaurant and bakery...more

Social Media and Practice: Questions Attorneys Should Ask Now

Social media users number in the billions. Facebook counts over 1.4 billion users, LinkedIn has 347 million members, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has nearly 290 million, and YouTube reports more than a billion users....more

Social Media Compliance Policies: Your Company Needs One

Use of social media is ubiquitous in today's society. This is astounding when you think back to 2004 and realize that social media did not exist then. Fast forward ten years and by September 2014, 58% of all American adults...more

Attention UGC Marketers—Are Your Permissions in Order?

Brand companies have come to view user-generated content as often one of the most effective and authentic ways to advertise their products or services. This is known as “user-generated content marketing.” For example, with...more

Social Media Is the Kardashians of E-Discovery

Now that Taylor Swift has supplanted Kim Kardashian West as the queen of Instagram with 50.6 million followers, will people stop talking about her and the rest of the Kardashian clan? Of course not. As of October 2015, Kim...more

Advertising Law - October 2015

Commercials Pulled After Endorser Admits 9/11 Lies - The revelation that an endorser lied about his whereabouts on September 11 led a national sports-themed restaurant chain to stop airing commercials where the actor...more

Are You Sharing or Relinquishing Your Rights on Social Media?

Considering the meteoric growth of social media websites like Facebook—which had 1.44 billion active users in the first quarter of 2015[1]--the ecosystem of individuals and businesses that should be cognizant of the legal...more

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 sites. As we previously wrote, websites must implement such terms properly to ensure...more

Discovery Rules Continue to Evolve for Cases Involving Social Media

Your social media content is not only susceptible to hacking; it’s also susceptible to disclosure requests from civil litigants (see our Sept. 14 blog post for more details) and even prosecutors without your consent if they...more

#Retweet the #CFPB: How Social Media is Affecting Consumer Advocacy

Social media has become an integral part of our society, and now it's playing a big role in our industry, too. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is harnessing the power of Facebook and Twitter not only to create...more

#Instagram, #Instafashion, #Instagood: A Fashion Foray into Instagram

Despite its reputation for over-filtered pictures, fashion blogging on #Instagram has moved the needle and compelled the fashion industry to welcome a group of #fashionistas that traditionally have been considered the...more

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