Topic: Social Media

ICANN’s Domain Name Review: First gTLD Comments Due August 12, 2012

[Link: ICANN Unveils New gTLD Applicants for Brand Owner Review – Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP] The Internet’s naming system is about to get a lot more complicated, and that’s a big deal for brand owners. Law firm Allen Matkins explains why in this video. Key takeaways: Formal objections can be filed… Read more »

COPPA Update: FTC Changes Rules Protecting Children Online (Again)

The ink was barely dry on the Federal Trade Commission’s latest set of proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act – or COPPA – when the agency announced another round of revisions. Why the change? The business community spoke up, and the FTC listened. From law firm BuckleySandler: “In September 2011, the FTC… Read more »

Social Media and the Olympics: A Lesson in Criticism Response for All Business Owners

[Link: #NBCfail: Twitter, the Olympics, Guy Adams & Justin Bieber] This Bloomberg Law interview with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Trevor Timm on a larger issue (the Olympics #NBCFail fiasco and Internet censorship) also underscores an important point for all businesses in the Social Age: silencing online critics doesn’t always work in your favor. That (seemingly… Read more »

Social Media Law: Interesting Updates As Seen on Twitter

 There’s much to consider at the intersection of digital media and the law: data privacy, employee rights, consumer protections, intellectual property, defamation, NLRB labor rules, international regulations, crowdfunding concerns, emerging mobile tech laws … For a closer look at these issues (and others), we give you – without even the faintest trace of irony –… Read more »

Considering Crowdfunding For Your Startup? Consider This First…

Signed into law earlier this year, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act promises to make capital raising easier for small and emerging growth businesses by loosening important regulatory restrictions on private and public equity offerings. The “crowdfunding exemption” (one of the most anticipated changes in the law) will allow businesses to raise up to… Read more »

As Seen on Twitter: Top Employment Law News This Week

For your weekend reading and catch-up, here’s a quick look at some of this week’s popular law news covering hiring & firing, benefits, the ACA, employee (mis)classification, and other workplace issues. What’s hot this week in employment law and who is sharing it:   DOL Auditing Healthcare Plans for ACA Compliance – JDSupra lnkd.in/pGB_i9 —… Read more »

Recruiters Should Exercise Caution When Evaluating Social Media Activity of Job Candidates

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent months of employer access to the public and private social media activity of candidates and existing employees. Recruiters? Not so much. That’s troublesome, writes employment attorney Alexander Nemiroff: “Recruiters are increasingly turning to social media to screen and recruit candidates. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that… Read more »

Does the ADA Apply to Netflix? Court Says Yes

Do websites need to make accommodations for users with auditory and visual disabilities under the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act? That’s the question at the heart of a lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Deaf, which argues that Netflix should provide closed-captioning on its “Watch Instantly” online video streaming service. The… Read more »

Social Media Law – The “Keep Your Hands Off My Password” Edition

Employer access of social media accounts owned by existing and potential employees continues to capture the interest of state and federal legislators. From law firm Downs Rachlin Martin: “… just last month, Maryland became the first state to officially put a password privacy law ‘on the books.’ Maryland’s law, which goes into effect this October,… Read more »

Privacy Policies and Consumer Protection: Are You Keeping Your Promise(s)?

Companies that promise to protect the personal information of their customers but then fail to do so should take particular note of two recent lawsuits. Law firm Loeb & Loeb: “In Szpyrka v. LinkedIn Corporation, in the Northern District of California, hackers allegedly compromised the company’s security system, accessing the passwords of approximately 6.5 million… Read more »

NLRB Issues Latest Round of Social Media Advice

(And this time, it doesn’t look good for employers.) On May 30, 2012, Lafe Solomon, Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, issued his third report on social media in the workplace. The memorandum focuses exclusively on employer social media policies, analyzing seven such policies in detail for potential NLRB rule violations. Contributor… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Apr 2012

What’s on your mind? The California Supreme Court ruling on Brinker, social media in the workplace, the National Labor Relations Board poster rule, plus a range of other small business-related legal topics. For your (re)reading pleasure, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts over the past month: 1. Brinker Ruling: 5 Lunchtime… Read more »

Small Business and IP: 5 Issues You Might Not be Considering (But Should!)

(Tech Start-Up Legal Issues 3: Guarding Your IP Assets by Bloomberg Law) It is often said that the success or failure of a technology startup can hinge on the protection of its intellectual property. But tech startups are not the only businesses with IP concerns. In today’s digital age, all small business owners and entrepreneurs… Read more »

Crowdfunding Has Arrived! What This Actually Means for Startups…

[Link: Crowdfunding: What Is It? Who Will Use It? Is It Worth the Hype? – LXBN] The “crowdfunding exemption” is one of the most talked-about provisions of President Obama’s new Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. In short, the exemption allows startups and smaller issuers to raise funds through social media via small contributions from many individuals… Read more »