Category Archives: Online Media & Cyberlaw

Social Media Problems Can Cost You Millions

The power of social media was on full display during the first round of the NFL draft last night. Laremy Tunsil, an offensive tackle from the University of Mississippi (‘Ole Miss) was projected to be one of the top picks … Continue reading

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Let’s [Not] Go Crazy: Copyright Holders Should Pause Before Sending Takedown Notices

It is common for copyright holders to send Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) takedown notices to websites to remove material that they believe to be infringing. But few are aware that overly aggressive policing can expose them to liability (including … Continue reading

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Unmasking Fuboy

In Hadley v. Subscriber Doe a/k/a Fuboy, the Illinois Supreme Court weighed in on defamation claims arising from anonymous internet posts. In Hadley, an anonymous poster using the screen name “Fuboy” commented on an on-line article discussing Bill Hadley’s campaign … Continue reading

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Threat or Theatre?

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Elonis v. U.S., commonly known as the “Facebook threats” case, earlier this week.   The case involved charges under the federal “threats statute,” which criminalizes communicating “any threat to injure the person of another,” … Continue reading

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Plug or Perish

FVLD Member Neil Rosenbaum will be a panelist at the Chicago Masters Conference for Legal Professionals on Managing the e-Discovery and Social Media Minefield.  The Masters Conference is an educational forum that convenes a series of events each year throughout … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Friend Your Boss in Montana (Among Other States)

On April 23rd, Montana became the 20th state (joining Maryland, the first to pass such a law, as well as Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan , Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, … Continue reading

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New Facebook Message: You’ve Been Served

In a recent case, a New York judge authorized the use of Facebook as the only required means to deliver a summons to the defendant. The plaintiff brought a divorce action against her husband, but (a) the only address she … Continue reading

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Another Business Learns The Power of Social Media

Recently, Indiana passed a law called the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”.  Regardless of your views on that law, its propriety, and its purpose, its enactment empowered business owners to publicly express their religious beliefs.  One such business was Memories Pizza.  … Continue reading

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Plug or Perish

FVLD attorney Seth Stern recently made a presentation to the Chicago Bar Association comparing the European Union’s “Right to be Forgotten” to United States privacy law.  Seth explained that any Right to be Forgotten legislation in the USA faces significant … Continue reading

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Court: Biting Criticism of Dentist was Fair Use

A federal court in New York rejected a dentist’s attempt to take the teeth out of her patients’ Yelp reviews by requiring them to sign contracts prospectively assigning her the copyrights to any future social media postings about her services. … Continue reading

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The New Miami Vice

Slate reports on a recent appellate case from Florida holding that the state’s anti-teen sexting statute is unworkable on its face.   Apparently, the law makes a teen’s first sexting offense a civil offense, but juveniles cannot be prosecuted for civil offenses … Continue reading

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The Tao of the Internet: FCC and FTC Getting Aggressive

Two federal government agencies issued consumer protection warnings last week in connection with trending Internet practices.  While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought to facilitate personal connectivity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressed concerns over the risks of consumers meshing … Continue reading

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Plug or Perish

FVLD’s January Legal Update discusses significant new laws that will affect both individuals and businesses in Illinois this year.  In short, if your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 included making surreptitious recordings of private conversations and posting revenge porn online, … Continue reading

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Faculty Bloggers Sue University: Will the Real “Cyberbully” Please Stand Up?

Two professors who contribute to a blog called CSU Faculty Voice sued Chicago State University officials over CSU’s “Cyberbullying Policy,” which prohibits electronic communications that have an “adverse impact on the work environment of a CSU faculty member or employee.” … Continue reading

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If Hackers Can Gag Sony, Can Sony Muffle Them?

Following the recent cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, numerous media outlets received a threatening letter from David Boies, Sony’s lawyer, demanding that they not republish or otherwise use the hacked Sony documents and destroy any copies that they may have.  … Continue reading

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