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Celebrity Endorsements and Social Media

If you follow any celebrities or sports stars on social media, you may have seen one of them endorsing or promoting a product. Just the other day, Katy Perry posted a photo of herself on Instagram, wearing a Prada outfit with the hashtag “#Prada.” Never forget where you came from! Read More

New Federal Law Prohibits “Anti-Yelp” Contract Terms

Congress recently passed a new law that restricts a company’s ability to include an “anti-Yelp” type of non-disparagement provision in a standardized contract. The new law, called the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016,” is designed to protect individuals who post negative online reviews. The CRFA applies to reviews of Read More

Website Protection from Copyright Infringement Claims

If you operate a website, you may have to worry about copyright infringement claims. This is particularly true if you have a blog, or if you allow visitors to post photographs, music clips, videos, or written content. The visitors may be posting content that infringes on someone’s copyright, and you Read More

EMPLOYER MONITORING OF EMPLOYEE SOCIAL MEDIA USE

An increasing concern for employers is their employees’ use of social media. For some time now, employers have been devoting resources to monitoring their employees on social media. I’m not talking about someone taking a couple of minutes to check her Facebook page during the workday. This is about employers Read More

Online Privacy Rights for Minors

In a previous post, I wrote about a new California law addressing online privacy rights of minors. That law (California Business & Professions Code Section 22580 to 22582), which took effect on January 1, 2015, does a couple of things. As I wrote in the previous post, the law restricts Read More

New Limits On Online Advertising to Minors

Website and mobile app operators everywhere need to be aware of a new California law dealing with online advertising to children that took effect on January 1, 2015. The law protects any minors under the age of 18 who live in California, and there are more than 9 million residents Read More

If You Have Nothing Nice To Say…

Then say it online in California. On September 9, California governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that prohibits businesses from having customers sign agreements to not post disparaging online reviews. The new law prohibits a contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services from containing a Read More

Employer Access to Employees’ Social Media

A fast-growing area of employment law is the subject of employer access to the social media accounts of employees and applicants. Since the first legislation on the subject passed in 2012, 16 states have passed laws regulating employer access to employee/applicant social media accounts. In addition, legislation is pending or Read More