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13 Jun 2013, 12:15 pm by
According to multiple media organizations, malware is spreading all over sports branded Facebook pages.  Fans Against Kounterfeit Enterprises has uncovered a Trojan Horse that is spreading across NFL branded pages on Facebook.  The New York Times has stated that this malware may drain Facebook users' bank accounts. These malware attacks are not just targeting U.S. sports properties.  According to Symantec, phishers are now going after Real Madrid's branded Facebook page.  This… [read post]
10 Dec 2013, 11:08 am by
A sexual cyber blackmailer was jailed for 5 years for hacking the digital media accounts of at least 350 women.  Sextortionist Karen "Gary" Kazaryan pleaded guilty in July to charges that he hacked into women's email and/or social media accounts and trolled them for nude and sexually-suggestive pictures from his California home.According to court documents, Kazaryan gained unauthorized access to digital accounts and then  obtained naked pictures of his victims… [read post]
31 May 2013, 7:52 am by
Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill that bans Tweeting while driving.  SB 147 will become effective August 1, 2013, and violators may be fined up to $175 for the first offense and up to $500 for subsequent violations. The new law bans not only Tweeting, but any other social media usage while driving.  I believe it is important for drivers and auto manufacturers to become more aware of the distracted driving issues inherent with making one's car a mobile/apps… [read post]
15 Dec 2011, 7:09 am
The NCAA does not have an official social media policy for its members. Despite the lack of a social media policy, the NCAA suspended Lehigh University's Ryan Spadola who was the football team's top wide receiver from a playoff game for retweeting an alleged inappropriate message. This suspension may have harmed Lehigh's chances of winning the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision since Lehigh lost the game that Spadola was banned from.Playing collegiate sports is privilege and not a right. Ryan… [read post]
31 Oct 2012, 7:25 am
My hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who perished because of Hurricane Sandy.  The hurricane and its aftermath may end up costing at least $50 billion dollars in damage.  In addition, the media is reporting that at least 50 people lost their lives due to this storm. Sandy knocked offline popular websites Gawker, Huffington Post, and Deadspin. At this point, it is too early to fully calculate all of the damage done from this horrific storm.  In the comming days, weeks, and… [read post]
23 Mar 2012, 7:04 am by admin
Following up on our webinar earlier this week, here’s the very latest hot-off-the-presses data on who’s doing what in the SM recruiting space. The first question we asked our 1,000+ attendees was: Does you company use SM for recruiting? A growing majority now use SM for recruiting, with 56% saying “Yes” and only 44% saying “No.” We then asked: What sites do you use for recruiting? There are only two real contenders at this point: LinkedIn (with a whopping 81% of the votes) and Facebook… [read post]
25 May 2012, 8:09 am by Susan Moon
What’s it like to do social media lawyering in-house? Susan Moon explains… Continue reading »Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Tags: In-house, In-House Counsel, In-house counseling, Intellectual Property, Moonlighting, Privacy, Social media, Social Media Law, Social Media Policy, Social Networking Websites, Susan Moon [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 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]
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]
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]
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]
9 Jul 2011, 7:24 pm
The Casey Anthony trial demonstrates that the U.S. Constitution still matters in the Social Media Age. Casey Anthony was accused of killing her daughter Caylee Anthony who died under mysterious circumstances in 2008. On July 5, 2011, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of killing Caylee by a jury of her peers since the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.Even though Ms. Anthony was found not guilty she still has lost in the overall scheme of things. Her daughter is dead, she… [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
13 Mar 2014, 7:37 am by admin
TopDog Social Media has posted a new podcast on social media contests entitled Is Your Social Media Contest Breaking the Law (and thank you TopDog for chatting with me about social media contest laws). Some of the topics discussed in TopDog’s new podcast include: The 5 most common illegal contest mistakes by businesses running contests online and over social media; Apple’s restrictions on giving away iPads & iPhones; one mistake that cost a business $170,000 in fines; two major… [read post]