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Whether Social Media "Harvesting" or "Scraping" is a Crime

By Kirsten Koepsel, Carey Lening and Ron Weikers Most of us are well aware that savvy computer people can use social media sites like Facebook to obtain information that members don't want them to have, or to use it in ways the members would not want it. But what can be done if that happens? Are...

Peter S. Vogel: EU Court Ruling Protects Social Media Site

By Peter S. Vogel The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) refused to order a Social Media site to prevent the unlawful use of copyrighted works. In 2010 SABAM (Société Belge des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs ), the Belgian collecting society for music royalties, lost a...

Advertising and Employment Issues for Your Social Media Presence

By Timothy J. Bechen As the growth of social media continues, there remains inherent conflicts between protecting the interests of the company and the rights of individuals using the various social media platforms. A first area of concern is the social media activities of employees. The law remains...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Virginia Horse Breeder Brought to Heel over Defamatory Facebook Postings about Kennel Owner

While the social media revolution is in full swing, laws that have existed for years before the revolution began and which punish libel and statements made with the intention of hurting someone's business or reputation still apply. Defamation is still defamation and conspiracy is still conspiracy...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Is an Online Search a Background Check for FCRA?

By Christina Bost Seaton Over a year ago, our colleagues at the Information Intersection blog warned that employers should think twice before using websites such as Spokeo.com , which are aggregators of personal information collected from online sources, including social media. They warned that: ...

Greek Olympian Gets Quick And Dirty Lesson About Being 'Profersonal'

Jason Seiden , the co-founder and CEO of Ajax Social Media , calls it profersonal : the inherent intertwining of our personal and professional personas online. Last week, Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou got a quick and dirty lesson on being profersonal. Greece removed her from its Olympic team over...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Avoiding Legal Problems Created by Your Company Website (Part I)

In today's technology-focused age, commercial websites are ever more sophisticated and interactive, allowing customers to do far more than view and purchase a company's products. More and more businesses use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to reach consumers and build brand...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Avoiding Legal Problems Created by Your Company Website (Part II: Gathering Information from Website Visitors)

By Troutman Sanders Part I of this post addressed the content that appears on your company website - both content you create or that was created for you and content generated by users of your website. Today, we will look at the various technologies for collecting information from users - often without...

Dispute Over Ownership of Ex-Employee's LinkedIn Account Highlights Significance of Robust Social Media Policies

On October 4, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Eagle v. Morgan [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] granted in part and denied in part an employer's motion for summary judgment on an ex-employee's federal claims under the Computer Fraud...