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Status Updates - October 2014 #11

..Clearing the air. Aereo, the startup broadcasting service that lost big in the U.S. Supreme Court last June, just lost another, and possibly its last, court battle. A U.S. district judge in the Southern District of New...more

“You’ve Got Served!”

Pardon my witty little play on “you’ve got mail!” from 1998. Remember when that booming AOL voice – and what was the 50th movie teaming Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – seemingly reflected the start of the Internet communication age?...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #8

..Doctor in the mouse. What if you could input a list of your current symptoms to Google, and quickly be connected with a doctor for a brief consultation? For a limited trial period, Google seems to have set up such a system...more

Social Media and Political Agencies

The work that government agencies do is important to its constituents, and using social media will facilitate communication and promote important issues of public policy. Earlier this month, I moderated a panel at the...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #7

..Big and bigger. Facebook and Twitter are the leading social media networks and, according to a recent Forbes article, they have some interesting similarities and key differences. Facebook is clearly the larger and more...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #6

..Buy local. Facebook has just announced that it’s going to provide hyper-local advertising services for merchants who want to reach consumers in very specific geographic areas. This new feature reportedly will allow a...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #4

..Yik yuck. As we’ve discussed on this blog, secrecy is all the rage these days in the online world. Yik Yak – a particularly edgy social media app that seeks to preserve user anonymity – is sweeping the country, or at least...more

New C&DI Published on Intrastate Exemption

Last week, the SEC Staff posted the following C&DI relating to Rule 147 compliance when an issuer uses its own website in connection with a securities offering....more

Disclaimer Requirements Apply to All Forms of Non-Media Communications Disseminated for the Purpose of Influencing an Election

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (Board) recently issued a memorandum that serves as an important reminder for all nonprofit organizations during this election season. In its memorandum, the Board...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #3

..Upward mobility. These days, Facebook videos, taken as a whole, are receiving a total of one billion views a day, and at least 65% of those views are occurring on mobile devices, Facebook VP of global marketing solutions...more

Firing Employees for Critical Facebook Comments May Be Unlawful

Employers can sometimes lawfully fire employees for posting critical comments about their jobs on social media, even if employees post the comments on their own time and on their own equipment. However, that's not always the...more

Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Accounts

Traditionally, a person’s most valuable assets to be distributed upon death consisted of tangible items such as real property, cash, jewelry and personal effects of sentimental value like photographs and letters. However, the...more

All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why that Matters Under the First Amendment and Why it Should Matter to the FTC – Part IV

—PART IV— Commercial and Noncommercial Inextricably Intertwined Speech - The Bolger court found that the mailings constituted commercial speech “notwithstanding the fact that [informational pamphlets]...more

All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why that Matters Under the First Amendment and Why it Should Matter to the FTC – Part II

In this five part series, originally published in the Summer 2014 edition of the Media Law Resource Center Bulletin, we take an in-depth look at the native advertising phenomenon and the legal issues surrounding the practice....more

All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why that Matters Under the First Amendment and Why it Should Matter to the FTC – Part I

Understanding the Once And Future Native Advertising - What is “Native Advertising”? The definition of “native advertising”, or simply “native”, is admittedly an elusive one. There are many definitions put forth...more

Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 1)

Attorneys are using social media websites more and more. We’re visiting a variety of sites to promote our practices, communicate with our peers, and stay in touch with our clients. But social media presents many ethical...more

LinkedIn Publishing: A Little Too Free?

Everyone can be a publisher with LinkedIn’s web platform. But is that a good thing? Blogs and self-publishing venues have opened up audiences to anybody with a ­computer and a dream. Many new and ­talented authors have...more

Is a LinkedIn Contact List a Trade Secret? Potentially, Yes

As a LinkedIn user, the decision concerning whether to share your entire list of connections with any individual connection can often implicate a number of strategic questions. As of May 2014, LinkedIn boasts 300 million...more

An Outlook on the Future of Journalism from the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

With the landscape of modern journalism rapidly changing, what does the future look like? With new technology and the internet impacting the way that journalists do their jobs and downward financial pressures consistently...more

Employee’s LinkedIn Contacts Once Again Become Focus of Trade Secrets Claim

Following up on the piece I wrote with Jim Ninivaggi, “Whose LinkedIn Profile is it Anyway,” the information contained in an employee’s LinkedIn contacts were discussed in the context of trade secrets in a recent California...more

Can a comment on a blog post be defamatory?

Defamation law continues to be in the news, with actions recently being threatened or commenced against municipal and provincial politicians in Ontario. The rise of the internet as a medium through which anyone can (and many...more

The Deliciousness of Social Media Engagement

Check out Adweek’s recent “Brand of the Day” – Cinnabon! I listened to Kat Cole, their chief operating officer, speak at the Legal Marketing Association’s (LMA) Annual Conference last April, initially wondering what a young...more

Think Before You Tweet: Top 5 Social Media Tips for Advisers

So Apple announced its new iPhone 6 etc. about an hour ago — it’s probably old news by the time this post hits the wire, which is kind of my point. I am not sure what you will do about the new Apple products, but I do know...more

Social Selling Applications Go Corporate

When social networking applications started out over ten years ago, they were for individuals to communicate about their personal life. Individuals created networks of friends/connections/followers and shared posts about...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #3

..In-tweet purchases. Twitter is testing the ability for its users to make purchases directly from tweets. The popular social network is working with a number of sellers, nonprofits and artists—as well as a small handful of...more

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