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Employer Ownership of Social Media Accounts

If you have a business with a social media footprint (and what business doesn’t, these days), ask yourself this question: "How confident are you that you own the social networking accounts through which you are building your...more

She tweeted what?!

Employers may have become familiar with some of the legal and human resources issues involving social media use by employees. However, one social media platform offers an illustration of the many evolving legal, human...more

Your Digital Workplace: Pitfalls And Remedies For Employees' Internet Use

Computers are a doubled-edged sword — vital convenience for everyone while simultaneously a potential source of liability if used improperly by employees. Employers' liability has expanded to the point where an employer may...more

Employment Law -- Dec 20, 2013

Despite $27,000 Jury Award, 9th Circuit Approves Almost $700,000 in Attorney’s Fees - Why it matters: Affirming the broad discretion of federal district court judges to award attorney’s fees, the Ninth U.S. Circuit...more

What Impact Can Social Media Have on a Trademark Dispute?

Social media weighs in on the dispute over use of the mark ROUBAIX in connection with bicycles. A lawsuit was brought by Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. (“Specialized”) who owned the registration for the mark in Canada...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

Parameters of CDA Immunity Being Tested by Appeals Court in Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is currently hearing an appeal of a district court decision, which if upheld would have enormous ramifications for freedom of speech and the online service provider safe harbor...more

#Libel and the Lulu App

You can rate your favorite pizza place online. Why not your ex-boyfriend? That’s the idea, at least, behind Lulu. The popular app allows women, verified through their Facebook profiles, to rate men using pre-written...more

Week in Review - November 1, 2013

In the last few years, driving safety initiatives have focused on the dangers of texting while driving. With the rapid evolution of technology, however, new dangers seem to be emerging all the time. Someone received a...more

Social Media Marketing: Caging the Un-Caged Tweeter

It is easy to forget that social media is really a form of advertising, and therefore, subject to federal and state laws and regulations, as well as industry guidelines. In contrast to traditional advertising, which involves...more

Angry Facebook Posts and Tweets by Passenger about an Airport Employee Considered Expression of Frustration and Therefore not...

Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites have become the latest battleground between two often conflicting legal concepts: the right of a person to speak freely, even in a vitriolic way, versus the right of another...more

Week in Review - October 4, 2013

This week the government shutdown dominated the news. Many people were told not to come to work, national parks, monuments, and recreational areas were closed, and access to some government services was limited or eliminated...more

Can I Use The Social Media Picture For My Story? – Part Two

Last time, we looked at whether the media can use images from social media sites applying fair use to several typical situations. Today, we look at the specific terms of service of various popular sites to see if some make...more

At Least The Unicorn Won’t Sue You

When not writing about the legal issues raised by my favorite TV shows, most of this blogger’s Law Law Land blogs have involved either employment law or social media issues. So you can imagine my sheer delight when the news...more

Employers’ Latest Social Media Nightmare - - Vine

If you are still learning how to navigate Facebook, Tweet, or Instagram in order to keep up with your employees, you better add Vine to your list. Vine is a new mobile service app from Twitter that allows users to capture and...more

Privacy on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

After the settlement approved by the US District Court of Northern California obliging Facebook to pay $20 million for putting users’ names and faces in “Sponsored Story” ads without their permission and without paying them,...more

Compliance Communicator: September 2013

Memo to Managers - Social Networking in the Workplace - More than 75 percent of American workers use some form of social networking*, and that number is likely to increase. And it’s not just younger workers who...more

Building and Protecting Your Association’s Brand in Social Media: Managing the Legal Pitfalls

In this presentation: - Social Media – Everywhere - How Does Social Media Work for You? - When Social Media Works against You - Laws – Evolving - Defamation - Intellectual Property:...more

Been in a Car Accident? Stay off Social Media

If you’ve been in a car accident, the temptation to blog, tweet or post about your injuries might be strong. But what a lot of victims don’t know is that social media can damage their case, if they are planning to pursue...more

Is Your Account Tweeting Without You Knowing It? Twitter Upgrades to Two-Factor Authentication

On April 15, 2013, the Associated Press’s Twitter account reported that President Obama had been injured in an explosion at the White House. Within seconds of the announcement, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more...more

Don’t Let Social Media Sabotage your Divorce or Family Law Case

As we have warned our readers in the past, it is important to be vary of what you post on social media accounts. However, people often assume that this warning only applies to people that make their social media profiles...more

Attorneys: Provide Value and Build Relationships with Content Curation

So, you’ve got your LinkedIn profile complete. You may have even signed up for Twitter. You know you need to continue to build your online presence – it’s impossible to get face time with past, current and prospective...more

Private Funds on Social Media—Proceed with Caution

When the Securities and Exchange Commission lifted the ban on general solicitation and general advertising for private offerings of securities, can marketing blitzes on Twitter and other social media sites be far behind?...more

Levick Monthly - June 2013: The New Balance; The Impact Of The SEC’s Social Media Pronouncement + How To Protect Your Brand From...

In This Issue: - COVER STORY ..The Impact of The SEC’s Social Media - CORPORATE & REPUTATION ..Everything You Know About Charity Is Wrong - CRISIS ..How Kraft Can Neutralize a Crusading Food...more

The Importance of Strong Social Allies

Now, more than ever, it’s important to have strong allies on social networks. A few years ago when social networks were relatively young, it was easier to stand out. Slap a “follow me on LinkedIn/Twitter/Facebook” at...more

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