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A Little “Mayhem” Reveals Limits to Immunity Provision of Communications Decency Act

As a general rule, a website is not held liable for the content its users post on its platform. The Communications Decency Act (CDA) immunizes websites from lawsuits by not treating the website as the publisher or speaker of...more

North Carolina Cyberbullying statute struck down as unconstitutional

On February 9, 2012, Robert Bishop was arrested and charged with one count of cyberbullying under the North Carolina Cyberbullying statute, which states that it is “unlawful for any person to use a computer or computer...more

Employment Law Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

Last week, Microsoft announced its purchase of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. This acquisition is interesting for a number of reasons, and is very likely to affect the future of professional social networking. It also got us...more

When is the best time to share? It depends.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Philosophical thought experiment - For the first five years of my consulting business, I gathered data and case studies on...more

Good News: Microsoft Wants to Connect with LinkedIn

Microsoft is in the process of acquiring the business social network LinkedIn, and it’s a really good thing. Let me tell you why. Microsoft Outlook defines essential business software and, even for power users, dozens of...more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v. 3.0: Social Media Marketing and Ethics Guide

One major roadblock preventing a lawyer from engaging in social media marketing is the uncertainty surrounding how the advertising ethics rules apply to social media. This section will set forth the applicable lawyer...more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v. 3.0: Twitter for Lawyers

Twitter is a real-time information and “micro-blogging” social media tool that enables a lawyer and law firm to send potential clients and referral sources brief updates on what’s new with themselves, their law firm, and the...more

Non-Disparagement, The Magna Carta And Yelp

Disparagement isn’t what it used to be. In the good old days, disparagement meant a marriage to a social inferior. The word itself is derived from the Old French word Old French, desparagier, meaning to degrade. The...more

New Players – Old Rules? The Current Debate on the Regulation of OTT Services in the EU and Germany

OTT vs. ECS - Digitization transformed the way of numerous services in the telecom sector. Internet-based Over The Top ("OTT") services, such as messaging or audio services, video streaming, and social networking sites,...more

Social Links: The rise of social news; how technology hijacks our attention; are websites a dying business?

In a fascinating, must-read article, a Google design ethicist explains the techniques that engineers and entrepreneurs employ to keep us hooked on the web. A majority of U.S. adults—62%—now get their news on social...more

Social Media’s Expanding Distribution of Internet Advertising Impacts Privacy and Security

Last week, social media giant Facebook announced an expansion of its online advertising business to include serving ads to users who are not members of Facebook. Under a press posting titled “Bringing People Better Ads,”...more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v. 3.0: LinkedIn for Lawyers

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site with a membership of more than 300 million professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. LinkedIn serves as an online resumé, offers the ability to...more

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 Guide for Lawyers v. 3.0: Facebook for Lawyers

With more than one billion active users, Facebook is the most visited website in the world. Facebook allows users to interact with friends, colleagues, and people from across the globe. It allows users to create online...more

Common Advertising Mistakes

A substantial number of companies continue to find themselves repeatedly breaching the same CAP Code rules. The list below highlights: (a) common repeated offences that CAP continue to adjudicate; and (b) common problems with...more

CFPB launches Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts

The CFPB recently announced that it has launched official Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The CFPB previously launched a Spanish-language website and recently updated the translations on the “Ask CFPB”...more

LinkedIn admits that 2012 data breach in fact affected 117 million users’ data

A LinkedIn data breach in 2012 supposedly exposed 6.5 million LinkedIn users’ hashed passwords. LinkedIn announced yesterday (May 18, 2016) that in fact, it impacted more than 177 million user accounts, and that the...more

When HR Meets Law: Risks engendered by use of social media during employment

(English and Chinese Version) The prevalent use of social media during employment may create potential risks for companies ranging from information leaks to reputation damage. DLA Piper discusses possible supervisory...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - May 2016

SPECIAL FOCUS: California Proposes Emergency Prop 65 Regulation for Products Containing BPA - Why it matters: BPA remains prevalent in the packaging of food and beverage items sold by retailers throughout California....more

Friday Links—The most disliked movie trailer ever; using social media to plan trips and land job interviews; and more.

Facebook users spend more time on the platform than they spend pursuing any other leisure activity, except TV. Indeed, 1/16th of the average user’s waking time is spent on the platform. The most disliked movie trailer in...more

Lessons from eMerge: The Communication Decency Act, A Tool Against Cyberbullying

The 3rd annual eMerge conference hosted a list of speakers as diverse as Miami. Among them, Colin Powell, Tony Hawk, Pitbull, and Monica Lewinsky. Just last year, Ms. Lewinsky broke her public silence when she gave a...more

Ashley Madison Update: Hacked Data Is Off-Limits

On April 29, 2016, Judge Ross issued his ruling on Ashley Madison’s motion for a protective order, prohibiting Plaintiffs from using the leaked documents, reports quoting the leaked documents, and information “stolen from...more

Lawyers, Are Your Competitors Spying On You?

I was just listening to Pat Flynn record an episode of his podcast, Let’s Ask Pat. He was recording it on Periscope, a livestreaming app, allowing his viewers to watch live while he conducts business. He was answering a...more

Lawyers, Can We Please Talk About Auto Direct and Private Messages?

Okay, raise your hands if, out of the blue, you’ve received a private message on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook that was so disconnected from your world that you wondered what that person was thinking....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016 #4

Late last week, Uber announced it had reached a settlement with California and Massachusetts drivers over their classification as independent contractors. The settlement calls for drivers to remain independent contractors,...more

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