Archive for the ‘Social Media’ Category

Principal Surprises Students by Showing Their Social Media Shots at Assembly

April 12, 2011

High school students in Old Saybrook, Conn., were not happy when their various Facebook photos and status updates were displayed at a freshman school assembly. But administrators say the presentation was meant to teach students a lesson about Internet safety, specifically privacy settings. Many students were upset that the school didn’t ask for permission before showing their information, which a school resource counselor pulled from Twitter and Tumblr. “I just think it’s a violation of privacy,” a junior at the school told the New Haven Register. Oliver Barton, principal of Old Saybrook High School, said that the assembly was meant to show students how public their tweets, online profiles and photos are if their privacy settings aren’t strict enough. He didn’t think the pictures shown would embarrass anyone, he told the paper, and the pictures in question were publicly accessible. About 20 photos were assembled by…

via High School’s Internet Safety Lesson Riles Students Upset That Info Was Shared at Assembly – News – ABA Journal.


Army Sergeant Convicted of Threatening Judge in YouTube Video; First Amendment Appeal Possible – News – ABA Journal

April 2, 2011

Saying you will kill someone sounds like fighting words to me and not the type of free expression of ideas our founding fathers had in mind. Threatening to kill another human being is not the correct way to resolve a judicial dispute. I admit I am currently studying First amendment jurisprudence, but I do not foresee any such appeal being successful. In fact I wonder if it would be classified as frivolous. I do need to add the disclaimer that I am only commenting on the facts contained in the story linked below and did not seek out or watch the referenced video personally.

A federal jury in Tennessee has convicted an Army sergeant for threatening a judge in a YouTube video. Franklin Delano

via Army Sergeant Convicted of Threatening Judge in YouTube Video; First Amendment Appeal Possible – News – ABA Journal.

Lawyers Suing Over Suspect’s Shooting Death Seek Facebook Information for 57 Officers

March 5, 2011

Continuing to follow the news of social media and its discovery potential in a legal dispute bring us to the post linked below:

An Albuquerque, N.M., policeman who listed his job description as “human waste disposal” on Facebook has caught the attention of lawyers who filed a wrongful death suit against the city for a police shooting in January 2010. The lawyers are asking the city to provide Facebook usernames and passwords of 57 police officers who were at the scene after a police detective shot and killed Iraq war veteran Kenneth Ellis, according to the Albuquerque Journal (sub. req.) and Lawyer Joe Kennedy alleged in an interview with KOAT that officers called to the shooting scene were eating pizza and applauding the fatal shooting of a man they wrongly believed to be a gangbanger. Co-counsel Frances Crockett told the Albuquerque Journal that the officers were likely more candid on Facebook than they would be in a deposition or internal investigation. The officer who listed his job…

via Lawyers Suing Over Suspect’s Shooting Death Seek Facebook Information for 57 Officers – News – ABA Journal.


Online Commenters Who Targeted CEO Must Be Identified, Judge Rules

March 3, 2011

More on the potential implication of commenting publicly on internet postings:


An Indianapolis judge has ruled the state’s shield law does not bar the release of identifying information about online commenters in a defamation lawsuit. The ruling by Judge S.K. Reid of Marion Superior Court requires the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Business Journal to release information about anonymous posters, the Indianapolis Star reports. The judge was set to decide this week whether a third outlet, WRTV, must release the information. The defamation suit filed by Jeffrey Miller, former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, targets online statements that allege, among other things, that he “most likely” committed a criminal act and is “the most greedy man I’ve ever known,” the Indianapolis Star reports in a separate story. The Star quotes David Hudson, an ABA Journal freelance writer and a scholar with the First Amendment Center in Nashville. He said the public should…

via Online Commenters Who Targeted CEO Must Be Identified,

Internet Retailer Limits Negative Online Reviews in Its Terms and Conditions – News – ABA Journal

February 15, 2011

An Internet retailer called Full House Appliances expressed its displeasure when a customer posted a negative review on the ResellerRatings website. The company dispatched an e-mail to the commenter warning that libel is a prosecutable offense in Washington State where it operates, and it intends to pursue legal action absent a mutually agreeable settlement, the New York Times reports in its Haggler column. The e-mail asserts that the customer had violated Full House Appliance’s terms and conditions—requirements that all consumers must accept before ordering from the company. The Times quotes from the terms and conditions, including this one: “I understand that libel is a prosecutable felony in the state where FHA operates. I agree that if I intend to provide negative feedback, the only legitimate one is based solely on verifiable and documented facts, i.e., the e-mail, live chat transcript and all the terms and conditions…

via Internet Retailer Limits Negative Online Reviews in Its Terms and Conditions – News – ABA Journal.

Internet Users Right to Anonymity and/or Privacy and protection from Subpoena

February 10, 2011

Another posts from Kashmir Hill on her blog THE NOT-SO PRIVATE PARTS covers the issue of the hosting site “fighting” subpoena aimed at discovering the identities of their users.  This is growing area of litigation that is yet to be settled.

Will Facebook and California Defense Attorney Continue to Fight the Killa Mobb?

Facebook’s lawyers have been looking for a rumble over the company’s responsibility to turn over user’s account information in legal cases. Now they’ve got one, thanks to a California juror and his grandstanding defense attorney.

Sony v. Geohot litigation heats up, SCEA demands YouTube give up Hotz and Fail0verflow’s personal info

February 10, 2011

Engadget has a post about Sony’s pursuit of the “programmer” who shared “jailbreak” codes for the PS3 on the internet.  To me the most interesting thing about the post is the following, “Casting its evidence-gathering net far and wide, SCEA has demanded that YouTube surrender not only information for Hotz’s account where his jailbreak video was posted, but also how many users accessed the video, the usernames of those with access to the video, and all usernames and IP addresses of everyone who posted or published comments to the vid.” (emphasis in original).  Just posting a comment on a publicly available video, may now open you up to discovery.  It will be interesting to see whether YouTube/Google simply complies or moves to quash the subpoena and notifies  those account holders giving them the chance to respond to the subpoena before their personal information is disclosed.

Via Sony v. Geohot litigation heats up, SCEA demands YouTube give up Hotz and Fail0verflow’s personal info


Case Settled: Union Employees, You Can Badmouth Your Boss on Facebook

February 9, 2011

For Lawyers, the Appeal of Social Media Is Obvious. It’s Also Dangerous

February 5, 2011

Sean W. Conway thought he was writing an ordinary blog post. He never suspected he would wind up facing ethics charges.

So starts an ABA article on the dangers of social media and online posting.

Seduced: For Lawyers, the Appeal of Social Media Is Obvious. It\’s Also Dangerous – Magazine – ABA Journal.



Law pivot offers “crowdsourced” legal answers

January 24, 2011

A legal website that offers “crowdsourced” answers to legal questions posed by California companies, especially startups, is getting $600,000 in funding from Google Ventures and individual investors. The website is called LawPivot, and it could “disrupt some of the [legal] industry’s most basic business practices,” according to a November story by Fast Company. At the time of the article, the 80 lawyers approved to supply confidential answers came from the nation’s top 100 law firms. The companies usually get about three answers for every question asked, CEO Jay Mandal tells the Business Insider. A new feature allows LawPivot to recommend the best lawyers to answer each question by analyzing data on users and trends, the company says in a press release announcing the new algorithm and the new funding. The benefit for lawyers is the possibility of finding new…

via Crowdsourced Legal Answers Website Gets $600K from Investors, Including Google Ventures – News – ABA Journal.

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