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Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit?

In an era where technology is not only constantly evolving, but prevalent in nearly every aspect of our lives, it is only fitting to discuss the legal implications of social media. This includes everything from defamation...more

Is the US Olympic Committee’s #TwitterBan Fair or Foul?

The 2016 Summer Olympics will officially* begin in eight days. Yet the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) efforts to enforce the Olympic trademarks are truly an eternal battle. While the USOC has a reputation for aggressively...more

Guidance On Handbooks, Policies, And Social Media Guidelines – Employers’ Attempts to Protect Themselves Too Much Can Lead to Loss...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB orders employer to cease and desist from maintaining numerous provisions in its Social Networking Guideline and provisions in the Handbook related to social media, privacy, and confidentiality, and...more

Is Your Social Media Calendar Stochastic?

Stochastic: randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely. When I studied Economics back in my BYU days, one of my favorite...more

Facebook v. Vachani – User Authorization Can Be Revoked By Service Providers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that could have far reaching implications for the relationships between companies that provide online services, their customers or users, and third...more

Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Adequately Disclose Payments to Online Influencers

More and more brands are paying online “influencers” to engage with, positively review and market their products. However, a recent federal action reiterates the importance of clearly disclosing the sponsored nature of such...more

Why Your Strongest Contacts Are Not Always Your Best Contacts—and What to Do About It

In early March 1955, a young African-American woman refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Her name was not Rosa Parks. Rosa refused to give up her seat later that same...more

5 Reasons Nobody is Seeing Your LinkedIn Updates (the 5th reason will surprise you)

This last week in NYC I met with a frustrated Marketing Director who finally convinced their Managing Partner to share an article to LinkedIn as an update. You know, those articles that show up on LinkedIn’s Facebook-like...more

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

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