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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Internet Law Social Networks by Josh Crank  
Online Impersonators Face Charges in Wake of Sandy Hook

With the speed and convenience of social media, it takes minimal time and effort to perpetrate a hoax online. But Internet pranksters may want to think twice before making their next fraudulent post, now that state and federal authorities in Connecticut have raised the possibility of criminal charges against those who impersonated Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza and others connected to the shooting. “Misinformation is being posted on social media sites,” said Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Instagram Denies Intent to Sell Users’ Photos

Instagram, the popular photo sharing social media program, announced new terms of service (TOS) on Dec. 17 that would allow the company to place users’ photos into ads without their knowledge and without paying them a penny. After an enormous public outcry, the company, which was bought by Facebook in April for $1 billion, says it is listening to users. But it’s unclear if it will change anything. The new TOS are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 16, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Aaron Kase  
Noah Kravitz Maintains Ownership of Disputed Twitter Account

A dispute over who owned a hybrid company/personal Twitter account has been settled, with the individual user holding onto his followers and providing a lesson for companies about creating clear and unambiguous social media policies. Noah Kravitz, former public face of the technology website Phonedog.com, had accumulated 17,000 followers on his Twitter account, PhoneDog_Noah, which he used to promote the brand and drum up interest in the site. However, when Kravtiz left the company in October 2010, he took the …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Don’t Get SLAPPed for Posting Your Opinions Online

The Internet offers a treasure trove of consumers’ opinions on everything from car tires to dentists. So it’s inevitable that freedom of expression would bump up against some limits. Lawsuits known as SLAPPs – for Strategic Limitation Against Public Participation – present a growing problem for freedom of speech on the Internet. While not everyone can avoid getting SLAPPed with a meritless yet expensive lawsuit, there are steps you can take to avoid it when you express your opinion online. …

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You Can Be Sued for Posting Negative Yelp Reviews

A client who left a bad review on Yelp about a contractor she hired to work on her home is now being sued for defamation by the contractor, who says that she is dodging paying for repairs and waging a libelous campaign on the web against him. The suit points to the increasing danger of saying anything actionable on the Internet.   Reviews Charge Theft, Etc. Jane Perez hired her high school classmate Christopher Dietz to do some work on …

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