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5 May 2010, 6:36 pm
Branding products and services and how the law protects your brand is extremely important in the social media age. Recording artists, writers, and film makers are utilizing social media to create their brand and to include other brands in their work to attract the attention of corporate sponsors.Recently, a New York Times article discussed how some entertainment contracts include specific branding clauses and that some talent feel pressured to include certain brands in their work to attract… [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]
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]
10 Jul 2011, 7:44 am
Is Klout's algorithm compromised by Social Media Credential Fraud? At this point, it appears that Klout's algorithm is unable to accurately measure influence because it is not able to accurately determine who has real online and/or real world influence due to Social Media Credential Fraud.According to Klout's website, the factors in its algorithm include: "List inclusions, Follower/Follow Ratio, Followed Back %, Unique Senders, Unique Retweeters, Unique Commenters, Unique Likers, Influence of… [read post]
1 May 2011, 1:30 pm
May deleting a Tweet and/or sending out false and misleading social media posts result in tampering with evidence charges? In the case against Dharun Rhavi regarding his alleged role in roommate Tyler Clementi's apparent suicide, evidence tampering charges are based upon allegedly deleting a Tweet and creating false and/or misleading social media posts. Clementi was a freshman at Rutgers University and it is believed he committed suicide last year by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. It is… [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]
15 Jun 2012, 10:39 pm
The NCAA has updated its social media recruiting policy. The policy deregulates the number of texts, calls, and other forms of digital communication that coaches may have with potential recruits after they finish their sophomore year in high school.While the previous policy was instituted with good intentions, it was very difficult to enforce and not flexible enough to adapt to the changing ways we communicate and interact. Unfortunately, there are some self-anointed sports social media… [read post]
28 Jan 2012, 6:17 pm
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Fourth Amendment still matters in the Social Media Age. In U.S. v. Jones, the court voted 9-0 that a warrant was required to place a GPS tracker onto a car.This case has wide ranging ramifications in the Social Media Age. If the installation of a GPS tracking device onto a car constitutes a search then the required installation of social media monitoring software onto a student's personal electronic device by a state school also constitutes a search. In… [read post]
20 Dec 2010, 6:56 pm
Facebook recently launced a new tool called Groups that enables users to create mini social networks within a Facebook user's list of friends. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the impetus for groups was to make communicating with your friends on Facebook more like talking with them in the real world." Facebook Groups was created not to mimic real world communication but to better enable Facebook to monetize your personal data. Many Facebook users have… [read post]
6 Aug 2012, 7:59 am
In Australia, social media is no longer considered just a medium to connect with your friends or family. It has now been officially recognized as a a brand advertising medium that should be treated in the same manner as other advertising platforms.According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a new ruling will force Australian companies to vet comments posted by the public to ensure they are not sexist, racist or factually inaccurate. Companies doing business in Australia may be fined for comments that… [read post]
15 Jun 2011, 12:43 pm
Soon after I made my original post regarding Congressman Weiner's alleged inappropriate Tweet, Mr. Weiner came clean in a news conference in New York City. Mr. Weiner apologized for lying and his terrible mistake throughout his social media crisis.If Mr. Weiner would have hired an attorney well versed in social media matters immediately after this scandal broke and received and followed his advice the fallout of this situation may have been lessened. People make dumb mistakes all the time. … [read post]
3 Jul 2013, 7:50 am by
According to NBC News, Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven people to jail for posting on Facebook messages encouraging anti-government protests.  The prison sentences ranged from five to ten years. The men involved were not charged with participating in the actual protests but with "inciting "protests, illegal gathering, and breaking allegiance with the king". This is not the first time that a country has sent people to jail for protesting online.  Last year, Oman sentenced two people to jail… [read post]
17 Aug 2011, 8:09 am
Is a telephone flash mob criminal? How do you prove that a series of Tweets directly caused a telephone flash mob? The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is trying to answer these questions after an artist who goes by the stage name, "The Game" allegedly tweeted the phone number of a sheriff's station on August 12th. It is alleged that The Game's tweets were directly responsible for a sheriff's station receiving hundreds of calls that tied up its phone lines for a few hours. According to… [read post]
16 Apr 2012, 11:49 am by David M. Ward
I've said before that if you're new to social media you should start with Twitter. Reason: you only need to fill out one paragraph of information to set up your account. Your profile on LinkedIn, by contrast, requires more effort. LinkedIn is important for attorneys because it serves as a sort of online CV. In fact, many professionals link to their LinkedIn profile precisely for that purpose. Your profile helps prospects and other professionals quickly assess what you have… [read post]
17 Aug 2012, 6:59 pm
On June 28, 2011, I was one of the first to analyze the new International Olympic Committee's social media regulations. When the regulations initially were released, I immediately noticed that there may some major challenges with the policies. At that time I stated, "In general, the IOC's Social Media Policy appears to be a good starting point for discussion. However, the points I mention above need to be addressed before the Games begin to lessen the likeliehood that social media compliance… [read post]
28 Aug 2012, 6:28 am
South Korea's highest court unanimously ruled that South Koreans are not required to register their user names or other online account information in order to make comments on the Internet. This reaffirms that South Korea will protect freedom of speech on social media and other online platforms.When applying this law to universities in South Korea, it appears to mean that public school students are not required provide their schools their social media user names or other digital account… [read post]
7 Aug 2013, 4:19 pm by legalinformatics
Professor Dr. Patrick Keyzer of Bond University, and colleagues, have published The courts and social media: What do judges and court workers think? Judicial Officers Bulletin, 25(6), 47-51 (2013). Here is a summary: This article reports on the findings of a small research project conducted in February 2013 with 62 judges, magistrates, tribunal members, court workers, court public information officers and academics working in the field of judicial administration. We acknowledge that there were no… [read post]
30 Nov 2011, 7:36 pm
Last week, Kansas High School student Emma Sullivan used Twitter to discuss her feelings about Governor Sam Brownback. While participating in a Youth in Government Program Sullivan tweeted, "Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.Governor Brownback's office was not amused by the Tweet and Niomi Burget, assistant director of scheduling for the governor forwarded the tweet to Deborah Brown of the Shawnee Mission School District who then contacted… [read post]
6 Aug 2012, 7:58 am
In Australia, social media is no longer considered just a medium to connect with your friends or family. It has now been officially recognized as a a brand advertising medium that should be treated in the same manner as other advertising platforms. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a new ruling will force Australian companies to vet comments posted by the public to ensure they are not sexist, racist or factually inaccurate. Companies doing business in Australia may be fined for comments that… [read post]
6 Aug 2012, 10:23 am
In Australia, social media is no longer considered just a medium to connect with your friends or family. It has now been officially recognized as a form of advertising that should be treated in the same manner as other advertising platforms.According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a new ruling may require Australian companies to vet comments posted by the public on their social media pages to ensure they are not sexist, racist or factually inaccurate. Companies doing business in Australia may be… [read post]