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Social Media Law Part II – Labor Law Review

This is Part II of a four-part series on Social Media Law. For Part I, click here. Social Media Law Part II: The National Labor Relations Board and Company Social Media Policies The National Labor Relations Act grants a number of rights to most employees in the US, including those employees who are not part of a union. These include, among others, “the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or…

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Social Media Law Part I – Who Owns Work-Related Content?

I’ve received a lot of requests to write about social media law, so I put together a four-part series covering some of the basics. This is Part I. I should start by saying that there is no such thing as Social Media Law per se. There is no Federal Omnibus Social Media Act or anything along those lines. Rather, those of us who are interested in this evolving means of communication look to a variety of types of existing law to try to understand how they apply to the world of social media. This series of posts will focus primarily…

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Jack Daniel’s: Not a Trademark Bully

Jack Daniel’s: Not a Trademark Bully Here’s an interesting story that’s been making the rounds of the Internet. It’s enough to make even a jaded trademark lawyer like me smile. It’s about how an extremely famous brand was able to protect its trademark rights while doing everything they could to help out the small business on the other side. And it’s nonfiction, believe it or not. Read on for more…

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Romney Ad Taken Down for Copyright Violation

U.S. News is reporting that a campaign video posted on Mitt Romney’s website has been taken down due to an alleged copyright violation. The ad contained clips of President Obama’s performance of the Al Green song “Let’s Stay Together.” As you can see from that link, the President’s original performance is still available on YouTube (as of the publication of this post, at least). Apparently, BMG Rights Management (one would assume this is the copyright owner of the underlying musical composition) sent a takedown notice demanding that the video be pulled. The U.S. News story states that “The Romney campaign…

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