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Social Media and a Fair Trial… Again

On February 11, 2013 By Erin Reimer


In recent years, the judicial system has struggled to strike the proper balance between free speech and a fair trial in a world where social media is ever-pervasive.  In just the last year, John Craven noted that juror tweets have caused numerous mistrials, Marina Visan reported [...]

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NLRB Protects Social Net Speech by Employees

On January 29, 2013 By Brooke McLeod

As an increasing number of employees use social media like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with their coworkers, the NLRB has recently issued a series of rulings and advisories that seek to protect employee rights in a social media context. Employers often seek to discourage employees from posting comments that reflect [...]

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Te’o KO’d by Alleged Online Hoax

On January 23, 2013 By Andrew Solinger

When news broke mid-week—after an in-depth investigation by online sports website Deadspin.com—that Manti Te’o was allegedly the target of a cruel online hoax involving a fictitious girlfriend, the media pounced and has been abuzz ever since.  What has become clear since the Deadspin investigation and public statements from Manti Te’o [...]

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Facebook Graph Search, Privacy, and You

On January 17, 2013 By Brandon Trout

If you’re not paying for it, you are not the customer; you are the product being sold.

This week, Facebook introduced its newest attempt to keep up with the big kids on the internet playground: Facebook Graph Search. While this won’t help you with your math homework, and it won’t replace [...]

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Last Thursday, President Obama signed a bill allowing Facebook and other social media users to choose to automatically share the videos they have watched on sites like Netflix.

Facebookers could already share playlists, articles, and other web activities, but the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) banned the sharing of any [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On January 14, 2013 By Brandon Trout

Obama signs bill to allow Netflix users to share videos via Facebook. Buffy vs. Edward youtube video removed, even though it is a perfect example of “fair use.” Court decisions show why copyright assignment provisions should be strictly worded. Judge approves Apple and Google’s purchase [...]

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Hashtag Censorship?

On October 29, 2012 By Thomas McFarland

Since the advent of social media, the specter of online censorship has loomed.  Last week, Twitter dove headlong into the fray with a swift one-two punch that has some celebrating and others crying foul.  Nine months ago Twitter unveiled plans that would allow the company to block access to certain Twitter accounts on [...]

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Falling Victim to “Sponsored Stories”

On October 12, 2012 By Sam Beutler

If you were one of the unfortunate many to participate in the Facebook IPO, here is your chance to (partially) recoup your loss.  This week, Facebook agreed to a revised class-action settlement of $10 per “victim” of their sponsored stories.  The original law suit claimed that Facebook neither sufficiently informed [...]

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Wiretapping the Internet

On October 3, 2012 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Earlier this month, Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  Among other issues of national security, Mueller stressed the crucial role cyber security plays in the FBI’s efforts to combat organized crime and terrorism.  Mueller indicated that the FBI will continue its [...]

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#Mistrial

On September 6, 2012 By John Craven

In late August, a Judicial Conference Committee (JCC) updated the model set of jury instructions for federal judges, which explicitly states that the use of the Internet and social media to communicate aboutcases is strictly prohibited — specifically mentioning the use of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn and YouTube. The model instructions came [...]

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