Social Media Law Basics
We’ve all heard that “content is king” & that any company that is not active on social media & does not have a blog is behind the times. Businesses need to be active in the online community but it is imperative that you understand & navigate the applicable legal issues before you jump in.
We will help you understand the basics of social media law including copyright, trademarks, & First Amendment issues. We can help you draft your contracts & policies to ensure that the company owns & has ultimate control over its social media & that its interests are protected. We will instruct on you your legal dos & don’ts & help you determine your options for recourse when you receive negative reviews & feedback online.
How would you like to have a lawyer review your website & alert you about potential issues related to copyright infringement, trademark infringement, & defamation? We live & breathe internet law. We can give your site a once-over review & show you the tools that will prevent you from infringing on others rights & to detect when others are using your content without permission or making statements that could damage your reputation.
Social Media Policies
Every company needs a social media policy regarding what their employees can say online. A significant number of companies do not have them at all, which leaves them vulnerable to problems with employees & clients. The right policy will educate & empower your employees regarding their online activities. Without such a policy, you & your employees will be uncertain if an employment contract violation has occurred or what the proper response should be if you disagree with an employee’s statement on the internet.
If you try to write your policy yourself, there is a significant chance that it will violate federal law and put you at risk of having to pay an employee thousands of dollars if you fire them for violating the policy you wrote. This is still a hot legal topic so it’s critical to have your policy carefully drafted to protect your interests while respecting the law, which is still developing in this area.
Website Terms of Service
Never assume that copying another website’s terms of service will be sufficient. Your website terms of service are a special contract that manages your relationships with your website users. Your terms must accurately reflect your policies & promises to your users. It is critical that you have an experienced attorney draft &/or review your terms of service to ensure that they accurately reflect your services & protect your interests.
Website Domain Disputes
If you suspect that someone is cybersquatting on your desired website domain, you can use Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers’ (ICANN) administrative process to claim your rights to your .com, .net, or .org domain. This process can resolve the dispute while avoiding the time & cost of traditional litigation. We can represent you & provide strategies to achieve the best outcome.
Cyberbullying & Cyberharassment
Cyberbullying & cyberharassment are awful things to experience regardless of your age. I know because I’ve been through it. If you are being cyberbullied or harassed, we can explore your options for responding to the harassment. This may involve reporting it to an email or cell phone service provider, a website administrator, your employer or school, &/or the police. It may also include considering litigation. We can create a strategy that limits unwanted attention online & protects your physical & emotional safety.