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Kelsey Farish

Copyright / Social Media

Is someone stealing your Instagram posts?

Here are 10 things to know about copyright infringement on Instagram and other social media platforms… and what you can do about it. 1. If your post is original content, it’s likely protected by copyright law automatically. Copyright arises automatically in original works fixed in a tangible medium of expression. This means that from the moment an author, artist or photographer expresses something unique in a physical, auditory or visual way, the creator obtains an intellectual property right in their work. For most works, the protection lasts for 70 years from the death of the creator, although this varies on a…

Free Speech / Social Media

A Lawyer’s Take on Social Media Misdeeds: Part 2

There are many reasons why you might want content removed from someone else’s website or social media feed. Many complaints involve defamation or intellectual property rights infringement, and can be settled between the parties themselves through litigation. But sometimes the misdeeds perpetuated online can amount to a criminal offense, which may become a police matter. Here are some of the most common criminal acts committed on social media.

Intellectual Property / Privacy Law / Social Media

A Lawyer’s Take on Social Media Misdeeds: Part 1

There are many reasons why you might want content removed from someone else’s website or social media feed. Some of the most frequent grounds for complaint concern copyright or trade mark infringement. Defamation and harassment are also common painpoints, as are privacy and data protection concerns. This post, which is the first in a series, provides an overview of nine common offenses people commit on social media.

Free Speech / Sports

The NFL Takes a Knee: an Update for the Black Lives Matter movement

American football boss admits that it was wrong to censure players who kneeled during the playing of the national anthem as a protest against police brutality and racism. From a legal perspective, it is absolutely essential for employers and brands to constantly keep any codes of conduct under review. For what it’s worth, I’m so glad to see that the NFL is finally taking a knee, even if it’s several years late.