Tag Archives: blogging law

Social media’s hidden litigation threat: the right of publicity

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There’s no doubt that the  idea of a parent threatening a social media savvy teen with an embarrassing YouTube video is funny.  But did you know that you could be liable for posting embarrassing photos of your friends or family members … Continue reading

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Digital copyright gets more complicated


Awhile back, I published a post on copyrights for bloggers.  It’s time to take another look at the subject in the wake of a ruling from U.S. Circuit Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  … Continue reading

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Having Your Say Without Losing Your Shirt

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Litigation over what happens in social media and blogs is growing at alarming rates.  It’s scary enough to hear that you’re being sued, but the scariest term a lawyer can use in my presence is the phrase “personally liable.”   That … Continue reading

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Federal Judges Shrinking Copyright Troll?

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On Good Friday (April 22, 2011), U.S. District Judge James Mahan issued a ruling that could shrink the biggest copyright troll in the U.S. down to size.    “[Righthaven’s] litigation strategy has a chilling effect on potential fair uses of Righthaven-owned articles, … Continue reading

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The Ballad of John Lennon and the Copyright Troll

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Copyright trolls are like this cave troll: poised to drop a hammer on the unwary at any moment. The photo is mine (taken in 2004 outside Te Papa Tongarewa museum in Wellington, NZ).  The photo is copyright free; the troll is not. … Continue reading

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Online Review Lawsuits: Sometimes the Truth Isn’t Enough

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Today, I ran a Google search for the phrase “sued for online review.” The search engine returned 9.4 million results in 17 seconds. I’ve been running that search regularly for the last couple of years, and the numbers keep growing. … Continue reading

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What to do if you get SLAPPed

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In the John Huston film of the Dashiell Hammett novel, The Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart (Sam Spade) says, “When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.” Not likely if the SLAPP you get is a Strategic Lawsuit against Public … Continue reading

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