Social Media and the Law

Social Media and the Law

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Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Flickr allow users to connect with one another and share information with the click of a mouse or a tap on a touchscreena€”and have become vital tools for professionals in the news and strategic communication fields. But as rapidly as these services have grown in popularity, their legal ramifications arena€™t widely understood. To what extent do communicators put themselves at risk for defamation and privacy lawsuits when they use these tools, and what rights do communicators have when other users talk about them on social networks? How can an entity maintain control of intellectual property issuesa€”such as posting copyrighted videos and photographsa€”consistent with the developing law in this area? How and when can journalists and publicists use these tools to do their jobs without endangering their employers or clients? In Social Media and the Law, eleven media law scholars address these questions and more, including current issues like copyright, online impersonation, anonymity, cyberbullying, sexting, and WikiLeaks. Students and professional communicators alike need to be aware of laws relating to defamation, privacy, intellectual property, and government regulationa€”and this guidebook is here to help them navigate the tricky legal terrain of social media.this law, ISPs would not edit content on their websites because doing so made them liable for the defamatory postings of third parties. ... This allows websites like CollegeACB to host vicious, untrue, defamatory statements without having to worry about being sued. ... Although the prevailing view of criminal libel among communication law scholars in the United States is that there are only a handful ofanbsp;...

Title:Social Media and the Law
Author:Daxton Stewart
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-01-03


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