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6 Oct 2011, 6:54 am
Cleveland's Mayor Frank Jackson vetoed an ordinance that would have allegedly prohibited Flash Mobs and Tweet Ups. The law was suppose to put an end to the improper use of social media that was used to violate ordinances on disorderly conduct, public intoxication and unlawful congregation by promoting illegal flash mob activity.When I first discussed this issue a few weeks ago, I stated that this ordinance was an over-reaction and that the best course of action is to enforce the current laws on… [read post]
14 Dec 2011, 11:40 am
The Better Business Bureau recently took a firm stand against Social Media Credential Fraud. The BBB stated that "marketers must be careful what they promise in exchange for a "Like" on Facebook and that they are not using misleading or artificial means to inflate the number of Facebook likes."Social Media Credential Fraud may also be referred to as Like-Gating since the concept is the same in that misleading or artificial means are utilized to boost one's social media metrics. Social Media… [read post]
2 Aug 2012, 10:09 pm by Tyson Snow
Illinois has officially joined Maryland and Delaware. Like the laws in the other states, the Illinois version prevents employers from requiring employees and/or applicants from disclosing their social media account passwords. Once again, our good friend Bradley Shear appears to … Continue reading ?The post Illinois Officially Joins the Facebook Password Fray appeared first on Social Media, Esq.™. [read post]
5 May 2010, 6:35 pm
The 2008 election cycle was the first social media election. President Obama is the first U.S. President to successfully harness the power of social media to get elected. According to a post on Read Write Web from November 2008, President Obama had a major social media advantage over Senator McCain. For example, a few days before the November 2008 election Obama had 844,927 MySpace friends while Mcain had only 219,404. This major disparity was a harbinger of the future.Even though… [read post]
4 Mar 2011, 8:48 am
Courtney Love has agreed to pay Dawn Simorangkir $430,000 over allegations that Love tweeted false and defamtory statements about Simorangkir in 2009.  Love was upset over a $4,000 clothing payment to Simorangkir and Tweeted about the disagreement in a series of Tweets that made headlines. My hope is that this case will put people on notice to be careful about what is posted online because there may be legal consequences for your Tweets, Facebook and MySpace posts, and any other user generated… [read post]
3 Oct 2013, 1:56 am by Elijah Yip
Social media can be risky business.  Whether an organization embraces or ignores social media, it or its employees probably already have a presence on a social network.  That simple reality can be costly for an organization without proper measures in place to deal with the risks of social media misconduct.  Readers of this blog are familiar with cases where business saw their reputations marred by employees who post embarrassing photos online about work mishaps or found themselves in… [read post]
15 Mar 2012, 7:48 am
The 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 dead on campus was a terrible tragedy. Earlier today, a jury found Virginia Tech negligent for its delay in warning its campus about the first shootings. Two of the families of those who were killed were awarded $4 million dollars each by a jury.This case demonstrates why schools should not utilize the services of social media monitoring companies to review the password protected content of their students. On March 12, 2012, the NCAA stated that… [read post]
13 May 2010, 5:17 pm
On May 4, 2010, I mentioned in my blog post, "Will the White House's Use of Social Media Eventually Diminish Access to the President?" some of the legal, political, and societal ramifications if the White House moves away from fully informing the traditional press and instead utilizes social media to communicate directly to its constituents. The article "White House leaning on its Press Office, Not the Media, to Get Message Out" that was published on today discusses some of the issues… [read post]
24 Apr 2012, 9:35 pm by Tyson Snow
I like to think that social media and the law is always an interesting and timely topic. Something that everyone wants to read about. Something everyone needs to learn about. Something that is the talk of the town (okay, maybe that is an exaggeration). Over the last 24 hours, it seems like this may be the case: Don’t Let Social Media Sabotage Your Divorce (Huffington Post) Social media and Section 7: Why companies should think N-L-R-A when employees p-o-s-t (Thomas Reuters) The Internet, Social… [read post]
8 Apr 2011, 2:11 pm
ALM is hosting a conference focused on the legal risks inherent with Social Media. The conference will be held on April 12, 2011 at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco, CA. I have attended several of ALM's Social Media conferences and each time they have covered very timely topics and have had outstanding faculty.Some of the topics that will be covered next week include: user generated content, brand protection, ethical issues, and privacy issues that social media users and content… [read post]
5 May 2010, 6:34 pm
Oprah is one of the smartest entrepreneurs in the world and has one of the most recognizable brands and her team works hard to protect and grow her brand. As a Baltimore native, I would like to think that it was the water that Oprah imbibed during her long stint working in Baltimore that prepared her for success. Right after she left Baltimore for Chicago she became a world wide superstar. Some other former Baltimoreans who became successful after leaving Baltimore include: Babe Ruth, Barry… [read post]
10 Aug 2011, 4:57 pm
California recently banned jurors from texting, Facebook posting, and Tweeting about their cases. Specifically Bill AB 141, "requires the court, when admonishing the jury against conversation pursuant to these provisions, to clearly explain, as part of the admonishment, that the prohibition of the use of electronic or wireless devices applies to all forms of communication, electronic research, or dissemination of information about a case. The… [read post]
15 Feb 2012, 11:17 am
In this video I discuss the importance of social media policies and training for employees on social media issues. While researching a presentation on social media legal issues I was surprised to learn that only 40% of businesses have a social media policy. Even less conduct employee training on social media issues. To serve this need we are now offering Social Media Policies and Training Workshops.   [read post]
9 Mar 2010, 6:52 am by David Oxenford
  David Silverman participated on a panel discussing the legal aspects of social media at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing, Michigan on March 3, 2010. His PowerPoint presentation focused on the risks and benefits of using Twitter, Facebook and other social media in the employment context, including use by broadcasters. There are a number of laws that impact both the protection and vulnerability of social media. The bottom line is that stations need to determine the extent to which… [read post]
23 Feb 2012, 8:10 am by admin
Seems like every .03 seconds there’s a new take on what you should — or shouldn’t — put in your social media policy. As a public service, I thought I would gather some of the latest and greatest thinking on the subject for your perusal: A great starting point is to check out SM policies at world-class companies such as Coke, Ford, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and even the U.S. Army. For other companies in a variety of industries, check out here or here. Here‘s the Blawg’s sample SM… [read post]
30 Dec 2010, 9:08 am
During the past two years, professional athletes have started to embrace social media. For example, active NFL players such Chad Ochocinco and Reggie Bush have more than a million Twitter followers. These two NFL players have successfully combined their on the field play with their off the field personalities to become popular on social media. Social media offers professional athletes new and exciting ways to engage and interact with their fans. Unfortunately, social media usage by professional… [read post]
10 Mar 2011, 5:23 am
Florida Judge W. Douglas Baird ordered Mark One Financial LLC not to utilize social media when trying to contact Melanie Beacham over an alleged debt of $362. Ms. Beacham sued the debt collector in 2010 for violating her privacy. Debt collectors have been using social media to contact debtors for several years. However, only in the past year has this activity been deemed news worthy by the mainstream press. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) appears to be silent on if and how… [read post]
21 Oct 2011, 6:28 pm
Missouri repealed its recently enacted student-teacher social media ban which prohibited students and teachers from interacting with each other online. I wrote about the law on August 2, 2011 and at the time stated:"there is a tremendous lack of understanding regarding social media by elected officials across the country. Does Missouri have a law that bans teachers and students from being able to join the same Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues? Does Missouri have a law that bans teachers from… [read post]
29 Jan 2011, 10:50 am
As I am writing this post I am surfing the net looking for information about Egypt's Social Media Revolution. It is reminiscent of the events that took place in Iran last year during their election season. The Iranian Twitter Revolution failed to achieve its immediate goal of peaceful institutional change but it may have inspired the current Social Media Revolution in Egypt. This eventing, NBC News discussed how social media has helped fuel the protests in Egypt. In general, for thousands of… [read post]
29 Nov 2009, 7:20 am
Courtney Love is being sued by fashion designed Dawn Simorangkir after Ms.Love allegedly posted false and derogatory statements about Ms. Simorangkir on Twitter.  According to CNN, Ms. Love made the alleged libelous statements after she had a disagreement with Ms. Simorangkir regarding the cost of Ms. Simorangkir's services.   The bottom line is that social media users should avoid posting content that may be considered libel.  Insurance companies who provide Social Media Insurance or Social… [read post]