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Social Media Landscape

Understanding Social Media Legal Compliance

The use of social media for marketing and advertising purposes is one of the fastest growing areas for publishers. The advent of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn provides the opportunity for authentic interaction and engagement with customers. Therefore, it is no surprise that these services and others are being used as marketing tools by companies large and small to help them achieve their strategic goals.  But with every technological development and opportunity, new legal and business risks present themselves. Understanding and minimizing these risks will help you maximize the opportunities.

How does copyright law impact social media?

  • Copyright protects “original works of creative authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression
  • What this means:
    • any content whether (a) created by you, (b) by some one else at your request, or (c) by an independent third party IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT [Note limited exceptions (e.g. government works, public domain) and work-for hire]
    • GET PERMISSON FIRST if the content is not created by you or under a written work-for-hire agreement
  • Practical Applications
    • Can placing a hyperlink to a photo on a publicly-accessible Web constitute misappropriation of the photo?
    • Can an advertiser’s use of a photo from a publicaly-accesible photo-sharing web site constitute misappropriation? YES
    • Are “Tweets” protected by Copyright?
    • Is Tweeting a Conference Lecture a Copyright violation?
    • Is Tweeting a Major League Sports event a Copyright violation?

About the Author

David M. Adler, Esq. is an attorney, author, educator, entrepreneur and founder of a boutique intellectual property law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. With over fourteen years of legal experience, Mr. Adler created the firm with a specific mission in mind: to provide businesses with a competitive advantage by enabling them to leverage their intangible assets and creative content in a way that drives innovation and increases the overall value of the business. Learn more about me HERE and HERE

David M. Adler, Esq. & Assoc.: Safeguarding Ideas, Relationships & Talent®

 

 

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The use of social media for marketing and advertising purposes is one of the fastest growing uses of the Internet. The advent of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn provides the opportunity for authentic interaction and engagement with customers. That’s why it comes as little surprise that these services are being used as marketing tools.  But with every technological development and opportunity, new legal and business risks present themselves. Understanding and minimizing these risks will help you maximize the opportunities for your business.

At Socialize 2011, taking place March 31 – April 1, 2011 at The New Yorker Hotel in New York CityDavid M. Adler, Esq. will provide a presentation focused on taking a “best practices” approach to social media marketing. Attendees will learn how to identify the legal issues and develop policies and procedures to keep informed about the current technology, marketing strategies and regulatory compliance. The presentation intends to cover the following issues:

IssueIntellectual Property

  • Trademarks & Brands
  • Copyright & Content

IssuePrivacy & Publicity

  • Right of Publicity
  • Endorsements

IssueUser generated content

  • positive and negative comments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Unmasking “anonymous” posts

Issue:  Regulatory Compliance

  • FTC – Dot Com Disclosures: Information about Online Advertising
  • “Freemiums”
  • FTC – Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims
  • CAN-SPAM compliance

Issue:  Faking it

Takeaways:

  • Issue Spotting
  • Creating & Maintaining Policies & Procedures
  • Compliance
  • Continuing Education
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