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PiNG Podcast Interview on Protecting Your Content

My friend Rachel Parker of Resonance Content Marketing interviewed me for her PiNG Blog and podcast.  For bloggers and other online content creators, we cover some do’s and don’ts on when you can borrow and what to do when someone has borrowed a little too much from you.  You can listen here.

Start-Ups and the Law on Unpaid Interns – Annual Repost

It’s become an annual tradition to re-post this at this time of year.
As my Gray Reed colleague Michael Kelsheimer explains in a prior post on his Texas Employer Handbook blog, you have to be careful when using unpaid labor.


Who, What, Why . . .

Who does it apply to: Every employer who has or intends to hire unpaid interns.

When must an … Continue Reading

Will Net Neutrality Kill the Internet 3.0?

As expected, the FCC passed the net neutrality rules today.  Other than spokesmen for the large telecoms (and perhaps some politicians who listen to that lobby), you don’t hear much reasoned opposition to net neutrality.
I have to admit that my views have been changing on the issue from a position of: (1) a solution in … Continue Reading

Getting Pictures Off the Internet – Not Easy To Do

I love college basketball.  Given that my Missouri Tigers haven’t given me much to talk about, I thought we could discuss the efforts by this upset Duke fan to have her image removed from the Internet captured during the Miami – Duke game that snapped Duke’s incredible 41-home-game winning streak.  You can read about it … Continue Reading

5 Most Popular eMediaLaw Posts of 2014

5.  Using Images Without Permission is No Monkey Business
From the Wikimedia Commons website
This was one of the more interesting stories of the year – does the photographer who set up everything to allow for a monkey to take a selfie own the copyright to that selfie?  This year we learned that no, the photographer does … Continue Reading

Top 10 Legal Mistakes For Start-Ups

1. You Haven’t Lawyered Up.
OK, that may be a little dramatic, but the worst case scenario is that you have a handshake deal with your co-founders. After all, we are all buds, this won’t go wrong. Even if it never goes wrong, you need to have your agreements done and done correctly. Too many times, … Continue Reading

Catching Up on the Issues with Last Week Tonight

With a couple of trials and teaching Digital Media Law this semester, I have fallen behind. Luckily, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver has been doing summaries of some of the recent hot topics on the Internet.  So, let me take the short cut and have John Oliver explain the following:
Net Neutrality

Native Advertising

Questionable Endorsements

The Right … Continue Reading

Lawsuits Against Social Media Sites Rarely a Good Idea – This One Probably Isn’t Either

A Houston area woman has sued Facebook asking for $123 million because Facebook was slow to take down a fake a profile created by her ex-boyfriend with pornographic images.
You can see the story here
The plaintiff sued Facebook and the ex-boyfriend for negligence, breach of contract, gross negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy … Continue Reading

Social Media Law & Policy Report Article on Enforcing Online Promotion Terms Now Available

I wrote an article for the Bloomberg BNA Social Media Law & Policy Report entitled “How to Enforce Terms of Service for Online Social Media Promotions and Contests.”  We tried to squeeze in a few more keywords.  The full article is available at the link below.

Bloomberg BNA Social Media Law & Policy Report – WorkSite … Continue Reading

Website Operator Not Liable for UGC; Also, Sun Rises in the East

Last month, the Sixth Circuit ruled that website operators are not liable for content provided by others (User Generated Content or UGC) because of Section 230 immunity under the Communications Decency Act in the Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment decision.
Based on the history of the CDA, that should be no surprise. However, internet lawyers were … Continue Reading