Retailer Reminder: FTC Releases Guidance for Social Media Influencers

New Media and Technology Law

With the online shopping season in full swing, the FTC decided that online retailers might benefit from a reminder as to the dos and don’ts for social media influencers. Thus, the FTC released a new guide, “ Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers ,” that reiterates its repeated position about the responsibility of “influencers” to disclose “material” connections with brands when endorsing products in online posts.

Can Public Officials Block Critics on Their Social Media Accounts?

Media Law Prof Blog

First Amendment Watch surveys the legal landscape: Can Elected Officials Block Critics On Their Social Media Pages? Some cases of interest: Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump The Bonnen lawsuit (Texas) Davison v. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors More discussion

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Three Issues @HawleyMO Should Address in his Anti-Social Media Addiction Bill

Music Technology Policy

Senator Josh Hawley recently introduced the The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act which is legislation to go after social media addiction. All the legislation in the world is unlikely to resolve these underlying social issues.

Defining Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Wildman, Michigan State University; Quello Center, have published Social Media Definition and the Governance Challenge: An Introduction to Jonathan A. Obar, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information & Michigan State University, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, and Steven S.

Cetina Presuel and Martinez Sierra on Social Media Platforms as News Publishers and Distributors @RodrigoCetina

Media Law Prof Blog

Martinez Sierra have published Algorithms and the News: Social Media Platforms as News Publishers and Distributors at 18 Revista De Comunicación 261-285 (2019). With billons of users, social media platforms (e.g.Rodrigo Cetina Presuel and J.

Social Media, Traditional Media, and the Naming of the Whistleblower

Media Law Prof Blog

From CNN: Both Facebook and YouTube announced on Friday that they are removing mentions of the whistleblower's name from their platforms, citing concerns that such content could could lead to harm and pointing to their policy prohibiting "outing of witness

Do you need to clear music rights for your social media advertising campaigns? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: Do you need to clear music rights for your social-media advertising campaigns? And, if not ,what do we need if it is only through social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram)? Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

Experimenting On Social Media Users

Media Law Prof Blog

James Grimmelmann, University of Maryland School of Law, has published The Law and Ethics of Experiments on Social Media Users at 13 Colorado Technology Law Journal 219 (2015).

Another Caution on Social Media – Be Careful What You Share

Broadcast Law Blog

With broadcasters and other media companies encouraging their public personalities to be active on social media, make sure that these personalities are warned to be cautious about what they post – as your media company does not want to be the “deep pocket” that someone who feels wronged by a social media posts comes after in a lawsuit. Can retweeting or sharing someone else’s content get you into trouble?

Mantouvalou on Discipline and Dismissal for Social Media Activity @vmantouvalou

Media Law Prof Blog

Discipline and Dismissal for Social Media Activity in the International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations Virginia Mantouvalou, University College London, Faculty of Law, is publishing ‘I Lost My Job Over a Facebook Post – Was that Fair?’

Fagan on Systemic Social Media Regulation @EDHEC_BSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Frank Fagan, EDHEC Business School, is publishing Systemic Social Media Regulation in the Duke Law & Technology Review. Social media platforms are motivated by profit, corporate image, long-term viability, good citizenship, and a desire for friendly

Epstein on Social Media and "Flash Infringement"

Media Law Prof Blog

Epstein, Southwestern Law School, has published Social Media and 'Flash Infringement': Live Music Culture and Dying IP Protection in volume 3 of Belmont Law Review (2016). Michael M.

Tsesis on Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda @LoyolaLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Alexander Tsesis, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is publishing Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda in volume 86 of the Fordham Law Review (2017). Terrorist organizations have found social media websites to be invaluable for

Social media prohibition held unconstitutional

The Legal Satyricon

Contiguglia The 7th Circuit court of appeals Wednesday declared an outright ban on social media usage by convicted sex offenders to be a violation of the First Amendment. By Andrew J. At the crux of the arguments is the public’s right to be protected from convicted sex offenders and the offender’s right to send and [.]. Civil Liberties First Amendment

Tsesis on Terrorist Speech on Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Alexander Tsesis, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, is publishing Terrorist Speech on Social Media in volume 70 of the Vanderbilt Law Review (2017).

Financial services: transparency through social media?

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

ReliefWeb » Document » Iraq / Wikileaks: statement by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights GENEVA (26 October 2010)– "The files reportedly indicate that the US knew, among other things, about widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of detainees by Iraqi forces, and yet proceeded with the transfer of thousands of persons who had been detained by US forces to Iraqi custody between early 2009 and July 2010.

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.

Kahn on Denial, Memory Bans, and Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas School of Law (Minnesota), has published Denial, Memory Bans and Social Media. Robert Kahn, University of St. Here is the abstract. We live in an age of ready availability of information… including hate speech, genocide denial and narratives of

Social Media Arbitration Clauses and Fairness

Media Law Prof Blog

Koenig, Northeastern University and Michael L> Rustad, Suffolk University Law School, have published Fundamentally Unfair: An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Arbitration Clauses at 65 Case Western Reserve Law Review 341 (2014). Thomas H.

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.

The Euromaidan Protests and Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Bruce Etling, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society has published Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Social Media Sentiment in the Euromaidan Protests as Berkman Center Research Publication No.

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.

More Lawsuits for Unauthorized Use of Photos – Even on Social Media Sites

Broadcast Law Blog

We have written about this issue before (see for instance our posts here and here ), but what makes these issues worth writing about again is that several of the recent suits involve not just the unauthorized use of a photograph on a station’s website, but the use of photos in social media posts including tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook. But isn’t that what these social media sites are for – sharing content?

Social Media and Human Rights

Media Law Prof Blog

Ira Steven Nathenson, St. Thomas University School of Law, has published Super-Intermediaries, Code, Human Rights at 8 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 19 (2013). Here is the abstract. We live in an age of intermediated network communications. Although the internet

Gotta Whole Lotta Likes: Social Media Oppo to Article 13 Continues

Music Technology Policy

Here’s a few examples of what the Twitter campaign against Article 13 looks like, draw your own conclusions: Article 13 Fake News

Messenger on Rethinking the Right of Publicity in the Context of Social Media @ashmessesq @NPR

Media Law Prof Blog

Ashley Messenger, American University, has published Rethinking the Right of Publicity in the Context of Social Media. Here is the abstract. This paper, inspired by a tweet by Chevy (the maker of Corvette) after Prince's death in 2016, explores whether

Social Media and the Australian Judiciary

Media Law Prof Blog

Alysia Blackham, University of Cambridge, and George Williams, University of New South Wales, have published Australian Courts and Social Media in volume 38 or the Alternative Law Journal (2013). Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, are Here is the abstract.

Douglas on Assessment of Damages in Defamation by Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Douglas, University of Sydney Faculty of Law, has published ‘Their Evil Lies in the Grapevine Effect’: Assessment of Damages in Defamation by Social Media at 20 Media and Arts Review 367 (2015).

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.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Sexting, Social Media, and the Law

Media Law Prof Blog

JoAnne Sweeny, University of Louisville School of Law has published Sexting and Freedom of Expression: A Comparative Approach in volume 102 of the Kentucky Law Journal (2013/2014). Here is the abstract. According to a recent poll, one in four American

Steeves on Performing "Appropriate" Femininity on Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Valerie Steeves, University of Ottawa, Criminology, has published 'Pretty and Just a Little Bit Sexy, I Guess': Publicity, Privacy, and the Pressure to Perform 'Appropriate' Femininity on Social Media in eGirls, eCitizens: Putting Technology, Theory and Policy into Dialogue with

Mörä on The Challenge of Internet and Social Media on Shield Law Legislation @helsinkiuni

Media Law Prof Blog

Tuomo Mörä, University of Helsinki, has published The Challenge of Internet and Social Media on Shield Law Legislation: The Four Dimensions of Reporter's Privilege.

Few Federal Courts Use Social Media, Survey Says

Media Law

To what extent do federal courts use social media to communicate with the public or for other purposes? The survey found that out of the 135 courts that responded, just 21 (15.6%) used social media. Seventeen others said that they planned to start using social [.].

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Seipel on How the Press Violates the NLRA: The Social Media Policies of News Companies

Media Law Prof Blog

Matthew Seipel, UCLA School of Law, has published How the Press Violates the NLRA: The Social Media Policies of News Companies. When does a news company’s social media rule violate the NLRA?

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

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.

School Employees and Social Media

Media Law Prof Blog

The Misguided Proliferation of Restrictive Social Networking Policies for School Employees in volume 9 of the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy (2014). Janet R. Decker, Indiana University, has published Facebook Phobia! Here is the abstract. Employers have dismissed

Legal Issues in Digital and Social Media – Identifying the Landmines for Broadcasters and Other Media Companies – A Video Webinar

Broadcast Law Blog

Almost every week, we write about some legal issue that arises in digital and social media – many times talking about the traditional media company that did something that they shouldn’t have done in the online world, and ended up with some legal issues as a result.

Judge Restricts Sharing of Fox News Clips Through Email and Social Media

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In Fox News' lawsuit against the media monitoring service TVEyes, a permanent injunction is issued that is primed to go into effect next month. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online Fox News Channel