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Texas Leg Watch 2013: Banning Employers from Demanding Social Media Passwords Bill to Hit House Floor Tomorrow
As part of our continuing coverage of the Texas Legislature Watch (they only meet every other year in Texas), we look at the bill that would prohibit employers from demanding passwords or other access to the social media accounts of employees and prospective employees. It goes to the House floor tomorrow.
As we originally reported, on December … Continue Reading
[Updated on 4/11/13 at the bottom]
Yes, you can use social media to make material public disclosures. The SEC did not punish Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. The reality is, however, the SEC gave a warning to executives: we are not going to do anything this time because our rules weren’t clear, but now you are on notice.
The Netflix CEO … Continue Reading
My friends in the start-up community are excited about recent headlines suggesting the SEC has greenlighted crowdfunding. Leave it to the lawyer in the crowd to suggest they temper their excitement. As lawyers, we are used to telling people to be careful.
The headlines come from two SEC actions that appear to allow AngelList and … Continue Reading
No one likes to be sued. It may make you mad enough that you want to scream and holler on the Internet. There is a reason, however, a lot of lawyers recommend not commenting on personnel issues and pending litigation.
Take a lesson from Coyote Ugly that does not involve dancing on the bar. The lesson is — … Continue Reading
Sometimes, I like to talk basics and this time it’s something as basic as “tell the truth.” I’ve never had a client come to me and say, “I would like to lie as much as possible in my advertising, can you help me?” It’s never that simple.
The general rule is advertising cannot be deceptive – which means … Continue Reading
Your employees want to be able to use their own iPhones or Android devices at work. Angry Birds on the Blackberry is just not the same. This trend is being referred to as Bring Your Own Device or BYOD.
While it will make your employees happy, it creates some issues that involve three key stakeholders: legal, … Continue Reading
BREAKING NEWS: Crowdfunding is legal. Sort of. Before you start soliciting for investors on Facebook, you need to know that general solicitations to sell equity to your company not listed on the stock exchange or otherwise registered is still illegal. That doesn’t mean you can’t engage in some form of what is considered crowdfunding.
I recently took … Continue Reading
Yesterday, I had the privilege of taking part in a “Business and Technology Roundtable” with Congressman Ted Poe. The event was put on by SEMPO, HiMA and Google and was attended by marketing firms, well-known Houston brands and small business owners. The focus of the conversation centered on online marketing.
As the only lawyer in the room, I had to … Continue Reading
Democratic Texas State Representative Helen Giddings filed a bill prohibiting employers in Texas from asking for social media passwords from applicants and current employees. Texas joins a long list of states that have either passed or proposed similar legislation.
On December 21, 2012, HB 318 was pre-filed. Democratic State Senator Chuy Hinojosa filed the exact bill with the Senate as SB 118. … Continue Reading
By now, you have probably read the uproar caused by Instagram’s proposed change to the terms of service this week. On Monday, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, added the following:
You agree that a business may pay Instagram to display your photos in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions without any compensation to … Continue Reading