U.S. Olympic Committee Escapes Lawsuit Over Social Media Gagging

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A carpet cleaning company went to court to argue the USOC was exaggerating its legal rights, but a judge won't hear it. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Discovery Argues It's Not Legally Responsible for TV Star's Social Media Posts

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The media company finds itself in the middle of a war of words between two reality stars on Facebook. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

California Appeals Court Discusses "Newsworthiness" of Floyd Mayweather's Social Media Posts

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The boxing champion wrote about his ex-girlfriend's abortion, and according to a new opinion, he may have made one legal mistake. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

How First Amendment Battles Are Shaping Up in the Social Media Age

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As technology outpaces the laws that seek to govern its use, questions are being raised about who can control the flow of information and how, exactly, the freedoms of speech and petition come into play. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Andrea Tantaros Claims Fox News "Tortured" Her Via Hacking, Social Media Stalking

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The television personality alleges her former employer violated both criminal and civil law. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

California Rules on Ethics of Social Media Postings

Media Law

Would you consider it ethical for a lawyer to post the following to a social media site such as Facebook: “Another great victory in court today! The opinion, issued late in December, considered the following issue: Under what circumstances would an attorney’s postings on social media websites be subject to professional responsibility rules and standards governing attorney advertising?

ABA Survey Shows Growth in Lawyers’ Social Media Use

Media Law

News flash: More lawyers are using social media! Overall, the survey showed increases in lawyers’ blogging, use of the social networks LinkedIn and Facebook, and use of the microblogging site Twitter. Personal use of social networks for professional purposes.

ABA Survey Shows Growth in Lawyers’ Social Media Use

Media Law

News flash: More lawyers are using social media! Overall, the survey showed increases in lawyers’ blogging, use of the social networks LinkedIn and Facebook, and use of the microblogging site Twitter. Personal use of social networks for professional purposes.

Scroll Wants To Be The ‘Control Tower’ For Your Firm’s Blogs and Social Media

Media Law

Readers who click on social media posts are taken to a page branded to the lawyer. For lawyers, the problem with blogs and social media is that they take time. The post Scroll Wants To Be The ‘Control Tower’ For Your Firm’s Blogs and Social Media appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. And who has any excess of that? This is the problem that a relatively new company called Scroll aims to solve, for both large and […].

Create a Legal Archive of Websites and Social Media

Media Law

The popular notion of the Web and social media is that, once something’s out there, it will never disappear. The truth, however, is that much of what exists on the Web and social media is fleeting and constantly changing. Archive Social Media and RSS.

Social Media Sharing App for Lawyers is Launched

Media Law

You may remember reading here about ClearView Social, the social media sharing app designed for lawyers by social media marketing consultant Adrian Dayton. The post Social Media Sharing App for Lawyers is Launched appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Last May, I wrote a post critical of the idea, but after talking to Dayton and seeing a demonstration, I softened my position. Those posts were about an early, beta version of […].

Social media prohibition, unconstitutional

Entertainment Law

The 7th Circuit court of appeals yesterday declared an outright ban on social media usage by convicted sex offenders to be a violation of the First Amendment. Turning to the Indiana statute, the state agrees there is nothing dangerous about Doe’s use of social media as long as he does not improperly communicate with minors. Further, there is no disagreement that illicit communication comprises a minuscule subset of the universe of social network activity.

Judge Rules as Unconstitutional New Hampshire Law Banning Posting Of Voted Ballots To Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Gardner, United States District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro has ruled that a New Hampshire statute prohibiting individuals from posting images of their filled-in ballots on social media violates the First Amendment. In Rideout v.

Lawyers’ Social Media Use Grows Modestly, ABA Annual Tech Survey Shows

Media Law

Lawyers’ social media use continues to grow, but only modestly, according to just-released findings of the 2013 American Bar Association Legal Technology Survey Report. More lawyers and law firms blog, tweet and participate in social media sites this year than last, but the growth is far from dramatic — generally just a few percentage points. [.]

Video: Legal Ethics and Social Media

Media Law

Recently, I was scheduled to speak at the 38th ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility as part of a panel, “Old Rules, New Tools: The Challenge of Social Media for Bar Associations and Lawyers.”

Another Look at ClearView Social, the Social Media Sharing App for Lawyers

Media Law

And you can teach a lawyer all about social media, but you can’t make the lawyer do anything with it. All the social media training in the world doesn’t […]. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.

How News Organizations Are Generating Revenue From Social Media

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Eriq Gardner The bible of rock culture was sued for unfairly competing with its exclusive licensing deals with musicians. read more. Music Music Business

If Fox News Has a Social Media Sock Puppeteer, Does He Gain Benefit of Arbitration?

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Pete Snyder says Andrea Tantaros' allegations toward him are a "lie," and demands a judge stop her cyberstalking lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Liability under CDA Section 230? Recent Lawsuit Tries to Flip the Script against Social Media Service

New Media and Technology Law

Given that the crux of the suit involves the display of third-party content, is Snapchat’s presentation of its media partners’ stories protected by CDA Section 230(c)(1) immunity? Could Snapchat invoke CDA immunity even though plaintiff’s complaint alleges that Snapchat is a developer of the content (“Snapchat controls and curates and in many cases helps create the the content it posts with its media partners…”)?

Dish Network Ordered to Change Social Media Policy

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The National Labor Relations Board rules the company went too far by forbidding employees from commenting on online sites in their free time. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Tech Dish Network Business

Verify U.S. Government Social Media Accounts

Media Law

There is certainly reason to doubt sometimes, given the frequency of fake and spoof social-media accounts. government has a web page that lets you verify whether a social media account is really managed by the U.S. Federal Government Social Media Accounts | USA.gov.

Social Media and Violent Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Florida Levin College of Law, has published Incendiary Speech and Social Media in volume 44 of the Texas Tech Law Review (2011). Incidents illustrating the incendiary capacity of social media have Here is the abstract.

Thursday in Boston: ‘Social Media for the Novice’

Media Law

I will be part of a panel this week, Social Media for the Novice, presented by the Social Law Library in Boston. The program will provide an introduction to social media, with a focus on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. The other panelists are Heidi S. Alexander, an attorney and law practice management advisor at LOMAP, [.]. General

Courtroom Social Media Lab Readies for May 2 Launch

Media Law

An innovative experiment that will turn a working Massachusetts courtroom into a test lab for social media in the courts is gearing up to launch on May 2. The experiment was made possible thanks to a Knight News Challenge grant of $250,000 awarded to Boston NPR affiliate WBUR , spearheaded by John Davidow , WBUR’s executive editor for new media.

Social Media Decisions

Entertainment Law

The Court ruled that the law imposed “a sweeping ban on many commonly read news and information websites,” as well as social networking sites. I ran across these two court decisions recently. Two very different interpretations of First Amendment Protection. . PFLAG v. Camdenton School Dist.

Accommodating the First Amendment and Social Media in Public Schools

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Mary-Rose Papandrea, Boston College Law School, has published Social Media, Public School Teachers, and the First Amendment in volume 90 of the North Carolina Law Review (2012). Here is the abstract. Education officials around the country are grappling with issues

YouTube Protected by CDA Immunity over Claims That It Provided Material Support to Terrorists

New Media and Technology Law

The presence of content that promotes terrorism on social media sites has stirred up a host of legal, moral and technological issues for social media platforms. In recent years, after calls for greater action to combat the spread of online terrorist videos and social media accounts, the major social media services redoubled efforts to take down terror-related content on their platforms.

Speech and Censorship On Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

David Schwartz, Ghal Silverman, and Inbal Yahav, all of Bar-Ilan University, have published News Censorship in Social Networks: A Study of Circumvention in the Commentsphere. We study the interplay between online news, reader comments, and social Here is the abstract.

Video: Legal Ethics and Social Media: Cautionary Tales

Media Law

Funds Dry Up for Innovative Court Social Media Project

Media Law

An innovative experiment that turned working Massachusetts courtrooms into test labs for social media in the courts has quietly closed down operations as its operating funds have dried up.

Free Webinar Friday: ‘The Power of Social Media’

Media Law

The Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) is hosting a free, one-hour webinar this Friday, April 29, at noon, at which I will present on “The Power of Social Media.&# Full details available here. General

New Federal Jury Instructions Aim to Deter Juror Use of Social Media

Media Law

The federal judiciary has issued new jury instructions aimed at deterring jurors from using the Web and social media to research or communicate about a case. The instructions, to be delivered by the judge at the outset of a trial and again before deliberations, tell jurors not to use the Web to conduct their own research about the case and not to use social media to talk about the case with anyone.

New Federal Jury Instructions Aim to Deter Juror Use of Social Media

Media Law

The federal judiciary has issued new jury instructions aimed at deterring jurors from using the Web and social media to research or communicate about a case. The instructions, to be delivered by the judge at the outset of a trial and again before deliberations, tell jurors not to use the Web to conduct their own research about the case and not to use social media to talk about the case with anyone.

Two Sources for Social Media Policies

Media Law

If you are researching social media policies for a company or law firm, here are two sources that each have compiled dozens of links to corporate and law firm policies on blogging, tweeting and more: Social Media Policies Database. From the Compliance Building blog written by lawyer Doug Cornelius, this collection of social-media policies grew out of Doug’s research while formulating a policy of his own. Online Database of Social Media Policies.

Survey: Judges Split on Their Use of Social Media

Media Law

Forty percent of state court judges use social media profile sites, with the majority of them on Facebook. Even so, nearly half of judges strongly believe that they cannot participate professionally in social networking sites without compromising judicial ethics. The survey, New Media and the Courts: The Current Status and a Look at the Future , polled individuals involved in some way with state court systems. use social media.

Of Governments and Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Regime Responses to The Political Uses of Social Media, as an APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Philip N. Howard, Sheetal D. Agarwal, and Muzammil M. Hussain, Department of Communication, University of Washington, have published When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?

PLI Live Seminar: Lawyers’ Guide to Using Social Media for Professional and Client Development

Media Law

I am participating Wednesday in a PLI live seminar and webcast, Lawyers’ Guide to Using Social Media for Professional and Client Development. Steve Goldner, director, social media, Hachette Filipacchi Media. David Snow, executive editor, American Lawyer Media. on social media monitoring and engagement, and another at 2:45 on social media’s impact on the advancement of law and publishing.

Student Athletes and Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Marcus Allan Hauer has published The Legal Issues of Banning Student-Athletes’ Social Media Speech. Here is the abstract. An increasing number of public universities have banned their student-athletes from using twitter out of fear of players tweeting something that will

Comic-Con: This Year's Convention Comes With a Judge's Gag Order

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With a trial looming, a judge expresses concern about what's being discussed on social media. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online Comic-Con 2017

Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

New Media and Technology Law

Some are relatively well-known, particularly those which identify people in online social networks and photo storage services. Does facial recognition technology clash with a consumer’s rights in a way that “manual” tagging of photographs by social media users would not? Privacy Social Media Technology Biometric Information Privacy Act Facial recognition NTIA meetings