Social Media Account Ownership

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Estate Planning for Social Media and Electronic Gadgets?

A rapidly growing number of people do everything online, from managing their banking to storing their photos, writing the next best-seller, or documenting the next great invention. Yet few of them have read the Terms of...more

Social Media & Games: 2013 Year in Review

2013 was an incredibly active year for social media legal issues. Below are selected highlights on some of the more interesting legal issues that impacted social media, along with links to reference material relating to the...more

Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

Taking Legal Control Of The Company Social Media Account

What happens when the employee who set up the company’s LinkedIn account leaves? ...more

Tales from the (En)crypt(ed): What Happens to Your Online Account Information When You Die?

Have you ever wondered what happens to your online account information when you die? Well, in a few days, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) will be considering this very issue – fiduciary access to digital assets – at its...more

Trade Secret Litigation Over Social Media: Is It Worth The Cost?

With the continually increasing popularity of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, where members can be connected to friends, family members, co-workers, clients, and potential clients all by logging in...more

Oregon Says No to Employers Accessing Applicant and Employee Personal Social Media Accounts

On May 22, 2013, Oregon's governor signed HB 2654, which amends the state's existing antidiscrimination statute to restrict employer access to applicants' and employees' personal password-protected social media accounts....more

Colorado and Washington Join Growing List of States Prohibiting Employer Access to Employee Social Media Accounts

Colorado on May 12, 2013 and Washington on May 21, 2013 joined the likes of California, Maryland, Utah and New Mexico by prohibiting employers from requesting that prospective and current employees disclose their username and...more

Washington State Joins Trend of New Social Media Laws

On May 21, 2013, Washington's governor signed SB 5211 into law, making Washington the latest state to prohibit employers from requiring or requesting that prospective and current employees disclose their username and password...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Social Media at Work - What's Allowed and What Isn't?  [Video]

Social media at work: What's allowed and what isn't? Facebook and LinkedIn are eradicating the carefully crafted compartments that generations have relied upon in leading their lives. Denver attorney Sean Gallagher shares how...more

New Colorado Law Prohibits Employer Access to Applicant and Employee Personal Social Media Accounts

On May 12, 2013, Colorado’s governor signed H.B. 1046 into law to forbid employers from requiring or requesting that prospective and current employees disclose their username and password to their personal social media...more

Act On Clarifying Ownership of Work-Related Social Media Accounts Before You Become “Dinner”

Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure of delivering the keynote address at Adnet Technologies’ Worksmart 2013. My thanks to Adnet (Christopher, Ed, Amanda, and Faith in particular) and the hundreds who attended. We were...more

Whose Social Media Account Is It, Anyway?

A detailed social media policy specifically addressing the ownership of social media accounts is key to a corporation’s ability to maintain ownership of an employee’s account after the employee leaves the corporation....more

Who Owns an Employee’s LinkedIn Account?

LinkedIn is a social media site catering exclusively to professionals with 200 million registered users in 200 countries. For many businesses, marketing via social media is a critical component to success. Employees use...more

Fenwick Employment Brief: Employee Social Media Account Ownership Still Uncertain

Who owns an employee's social media account when it is used to promote the employer's business? This is a hot-button topic and developing area of employment law, and a Pennsylvania federal court recently shed more light on...more

Taking Control of Former Executive’s LinkedIn Account Found Permissible

In our January 2012 newsletter, we reported on Maremont v. Susan Fredman Design Group, Ltd., a case where a court recognized potential claims under the Lanham Act and/or the Stored Communications Act because an employer...more

Who Owns a LinkedIn Account?

A Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently addressed the issue of ownership of an employers LinkedIn account created by a former employee....more

Noncompete News: Former Employee Can't Sue Employer Under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Over The Ownership Of Employee's Social...

Executive Summary: A District Court in Pennsylvania entered judgment in favor of the employer on a former employee's Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA") claim in a dispute over the ownership of the employee's LinkedIn...more

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