Although some pundits have already opined that “Web 2.0 is over,” social networking communities and sites — notably Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare and a variety of even newer location-based services — are rapidly changing the nature of the Internet and the manner in which it is used by people. With social media becoming a trendy topic on mainstream media (the zenith of which was either Oprah Winfrey’s televised first tweet in April 2009 or Barack Obama’s first “Twitter Town Hall” from the White House in July 2011), its use, potential abuse and relationship to legacy HR, privacy and intellectual property laws are all completely unwritten.
Emerging social media legal issues include provider terms of service (ToS), libel and defamation, privacy and child welfare, along with traditional technology law issues like copyright, trademark and competition. Glenn is honored to have been asked to speak at some seminal social networking events, such as the 140 Characters Conference, SocComm II, SociaLex 2010 and SPARKt2, on the privacy and legal policy issues relating to social media. It helps that Glenn is a social networking aficionado, too!
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For a more substantive review of social media law, please take time to read Glenn’s ground-breaking multi-part essay, The Law of Social Media. You can also learn more about this exciting new area of Glenn’s legal practice by exploring his blawg posts on the topic, his Squidoo mashup or by following @glennm and @lexdigerati on Twitter.