A trade mark application for ‘FriendBook’ has been refused by the Australian Trade Marks Office, following a successful opposition from Facebook.
She Liked It. She Really, Really Liked It: Federal District Court Holds Facebook Fan Page Manager Doesn’t Own “Likes”
A federal district court broke new social media law ground in August 2014 when it held in favor of the cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) in a suit brought by the founder of an unofficial Facebook fan page for one of the network’s television shows.
There was a time, back in the day, when you could just “Google” yourself and that was the best way to assess the value of your personal brand.
We’re all pretty used to seeing sweepstakes that require entrants to “like” an advertiser’s or app’s Facebook® page in order to enter—they’re probably the most common type of promotion on Facebook.
On August 22, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a Decision and Order in which it found that Facebook activities – including “Liking” a post – canconstitute concerted activity protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act).
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has issued yet another decision which should cause all employers, even those without unions, to think very carefully before disciplining any employee for their actions on social media.
The answer may surprise you.
Numerous actions by the NLRB’s General Counsel and administrative law judges (highlighted in prior posts on this blog) have caused great concern for labor professionals grappling with the inappropriate comments of employees posted on social media.
The advent of social media has led to a lot of confusion—and a pretty misguided view by most—on what’s private and what isn’t. And honestly, if there’s any question, it probably isn’t. Such was the case when a Nebraska man claimed that Facebook posts between himself and his lawyer should be protected by attorney-client privilege.
In June, Facebook came under public scrutiny after it was revealed that the company carried out research in 2012 that manipulated the News Feeds of 689,000 users. Several regulators are now poised to investigate Facebook’s conduct.