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.

Brands / Trade Marks

Name™ ⁠— What to consider when naming your brand, blog, or product

For most people, when they hear the name of their favourite shop or company, they will also feel something, too. Perhaps they will remember the shopping experience, or how the item made them feel when they used it for the first time. Although price, quality, and convenience are obviously key factors in one’s purchasing decisions, brand awareness is an essential aspect of salience and loyalty. It’s therefore essential for a brand to have a unique and meaningful name which resonates with its target audience. But having an esoteric or too-trendy name can be difficult for consumers to remember. On the…