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26 Nov 2010, 9:24 am by Sheldon Toplitt
Image via WikipediaThe California Supreme Court this week refused to hear the appeal of Village Voice Media Holdings-owned SF Weekly's adverse ruling in the antitrust suit brought by rival weekly Bay Guardian, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle ( only one of the seven-member high court willing to hear the appeal in Bay Guardian v. New Times Media (Case No. S186497), the $21 million judgment against the defendant for attempting to shut down the Bay Guardian by… [read post]
22 Oct 2013, 11:28 am by
Facebook has recently announced that it will end its ban on beheading videos.  Within hours after announcing that it was lifting its ban, it was criticized for its new policy.  This change caused such an uproar that even British Prime Minister mentioned his dismay about it. Facebook is a private entity and if you want to utilize its platform you need to play by its rules.  It creates policies to drive as much traffic to its web site as possible.  The more users/eyeballs the more… [read post]
22 Oct 2013, 11:28 am by
Facebook has recently announced that it will end its ban on beheading videos.  Within hours after announcing that it was lifting its ban, it was criticized for its new policy.  This change caused such an uproar that even British Prime Minister mentioned his dismay about it. Facebook is a private entity and if you want to utilize its platform you need to play by its rules.  It creates policies to drive as much traffic to its web site as possible.  The more users/eyeballs the more… [read post]
2 Apr 2013, 9:42 pm by
On Friday, April 5, 2013, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Journal of Business & Technology Law is sponsoring a symposium titled, "Social Media and the Law: An Exploratory Look into the Legal Effects of Online Interconnectedness." The event is free, open to the general public, and lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. Speakers will present on a range of topics, including: the constitutionality of student athlete social media… [read post]
28 Dec 2011, 12:09 pm
There still appears to be a major disconnect between lawyers and social media. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog recently asked the question: "2012:The Year Law Firms Ditch Geezer Image and Get Tweeting?" Most of the Wall Street Journal's sources for the post were marketers and not practicing lawyers who actively tweet so I would like to see the Wall Street Journal create a follow up post that asks practicing lawyers if Twitter is an effective marketing tool for lawyers.I believe that the… [read post]
22 Dec 2013, 7:50 pm by legalinformatics
Lenore Hamilton of the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute has published Social Media and the Tyranny of Distance – Pacific Access to Legal Information, Journal of Open Access to Law, 1(1) (2013). Here is the abstract: The track assumes that the use of social media is widespread and can advance the professional and public need to understand or engage with the law. Is this a presumption that underpins the context of the ‘developing’ world? PacLII is the Pacific Islands Legal… [read post]
7 Dec 2010, 7:07 am
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force is reviewing how copyright law should evolve to balance the needs of content creators and users in the Social Media Age. Since the original Napster came on the scene in 1999, copyright protection has become more difficult for rights holders. Napster's technology created the first widely distributed peer to peer file sharing system that enabled its users to easily share MP3 files. Napster and its progeny such as Limewire (which was shut… [read post]
1 Mar 2011, 12:42 pm
Reading the tea leaves and advising clients is what lawyers are paid to do. 2010 was the coming out party for social media and social media law. With the release of the movie "The Social Network" and Facebook surpassing Google in several different web traffic metrics, social media and the practice of social media law has finally come of age. In no particular order, below are some of my social media law predictions for 2011:1. Employers will continue to grapple with where to draw the line… [read post]
9 Jun 2011, 2:12 pm
The premise behind Maryland's proposed User Name and Password Privacy Protection Bill (Senate Bill 971) is a great idea; however, it is a bad piece of legislation because it will create some very troubling unintended consequences. Senate Bill 971 is intended to protect the personal privacy of job applicants and employees in the State of Maryland. The bill was drafted because a Maryland Corrections Officer was asked (requested/demanded depending upon whose perspective you are coming from) to turn… [read post]
22 Dec 2010, 5:26 pm
On September 14th and September 15, ALM's Corporate Counsel will be hosting a seminar that will discuss current intellectual property issues. The conference's keynote speaker will be Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights. Intellectual Property practitioners from all over the country will be speaking and will be in attendance.Some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference include: Protecting Your IP in a Digital Environment, Monetizing Your Copyright and Trademarks, Recent Online… [read post]
18 Sep 2012, 9:29 am
A U.S. District Court in Minnesota has stated that public schools that require access to their students' password protected digital content are violating their students' 1st and 4th Amendment rights. In R.S. ex rel. S.S. v. Minnewaska Area Dist. No 2149 2012 WL 3870868, a student was allegedly intimidated into turning over her Facebook username and password, and her personal email username and password so the school could view her password protected digital content for references to a hall monitor… [read post]
24 May 2011, 9:19 am
If you are interested in learning more about some of the legal issues that may affect in-house counsel I encourage you to attend ALM's 23rd Annual Corporate Counsel Conference East Coast. The conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on June 7 and June 8th.  Some of the topics that will be addressed include: Trends in Transactions; M&A and Restructurings; Copyright Law and the Internet's Evolution Continues to Break New Ground; Social Networking and Its Impact on Employment… [read post]
19 Feb 2011, 7:32 am
There are many legal liability issues inherent with social media advertising campaigns. Some legal issues to be aware of include: copyright and trademark issues, privacy, FTC advertising guidelines and full disclosure violations, etc...I recently attended a conference and one of the panels consisted of a group of marketing professionals. The marketers wanted to create an advertising campaign for a flat screen television company. The hypothetical promotion would encourage consumers to videotape… [read post]
9 Jul 2011, 8:11 pm
Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals recently decided a case regarding authentication of social media accounts and the content contained therein. In Antoine Levar Griffin v. State of Maryland (No. 74, September Term 2010; filed April 28, 2011), the Court of Appeals held that"[t]the potential for abuse and manipulation of a social networking site by someone other than its purported creator and/or user leads to our conclusion that a printout of an image for such a site requires a greater… [read post]
29 May 2013, 11:49 am by
Facebook is the most popular social network in the world.  However, being the most popular social media platform may also create some unforeseen challenges because some people and/or entities may post inappropriate and/or illegal content onto your platform.  According to the New York Times and Financial Times, multiple advertisers have stopped placing ads on Facebook because their ads have appeared next to allegedly offensive content. Several advocacy groups have publicly complained to… [read post]
18 Jun 2013, 5:00 am by Ruth Carter
I am not a social media expert, guru, or whatever those people are calling themselves this week. I’m just a person who loves social media. I’ve learned how to use it mostly by watching others and attending my fair share of social media seminars for individuals and business owners. I’m lucky that many of my friends are well-regarded for their work in social media marketing and I know shut up and listen when they’re talking about what works. #SaveTheKittens; Photo by dougwoods… [read post]
8 Oct 2013, 10:56 pm by legalinformatics
Alysia Blackham, LL.B., of the University of Cambridge and Professor Dr. George Williams of the University of New South Wales have published Australian Courts and Social Media, Alternative Law Journal, 38(3) (2013). Here is the abstract: Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, are now pervasive in many sectors of Australian society. However, Australia’s courts are generally taking a cautious approach to using this technology to enhance and complement their processes. Where courts have used… [read post]
27 Dec 2010, 5:24 pm by legalinformatics
Applications are invited — with submission deadline of 1 February 2011 for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 — for grants offered by the State Justice Institute (SJI). SJI offers grants to fund improvements in justice administration in U.S. state courts. Grant categories of interest to the legal informatics and legal communication communities include Project Grants — particularly in the areas of immigration issues, state court reengineering, courts and the media, and elder issues — and… [read post]
3 Nov 2012, 7:44 pm
Hurricane Sandy will go down as one of the worst disasters in American history.  According to the latest news reports more than 100 people have died from the storm and economic damages may surpass more than $50 billion dollars. To make matters worse, looters have made some people afraid to leave their homes to obtain much needed supplies.  As a former New Yorker, my heart goes out to my friends and former neighbors who are dealing with this terrible tragedy.  During the… [read post]
11 Jan 2014, 9:09 pm by
A Canadian teenager was recently convicted of sexting pornographic photos.  According to CNN, a teenage girl was found guilty of distributing via text pornographic photos of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend.This case appears to have occurred because a teenager became jealous that her boyfriend was still in contact with his ex-girlfriend.  According to prosecutors, the convicted teenager initially threatened her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend on Facebook.  The defendant then… [read post]