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Facebook Branded Content Policy Update March 30 2017

Facebook Branded Content Policy Update - March 2017 On March 30, 2017, the Facebook Branded Content Policy was quietly updated (again). The most significant change is that now only Pages or profiles with access to the Branded Content Tool (BCT) are permitted to post branded content. These are significant changes to both the original policy, which I wrote about when [...]

By | 2018-08-27T10:52:06+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Blogging, Facebook, FTC Disclosure, Social Media|8 Comments

How Free Speech and Social Media Fit Together

You’ve heard it or have seen it posted… Someone saying they can say whatever they want, post whatever they want and no-one can do anything to them. As if the First Amendment is their sword and shield. And you can’t do anything about it. Freedom of speech. Three words that get thrown around and written [...]

By | 2018-08-27T10:52:05+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Blogging, Business Law, Social Media|4 Comments

Canada Rolls Out FTC-style Endorsement Guidelines Beginning 2017

While the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has, over the past several years, slowly ramped up its enforcement of non-disclosure for paid (or otherwise compensated) endorsement by bloggers, influencers, and celebrities, their enforcement and oversight is limited to the US. And though social media and the web is global, other countries have not followed [...]

By | 2016-08-29T06:00:13+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Blogging, Business Law, FTC Disclosure, Social Media|1 Comment

Avoiding Copyright Infringement When Sharing Other People’s Work

Some people like to call it ‘content curation’. Really, it’s just a fancy way to say you want to share work that is not yours. In theory, this sounds like a really nice thing, sharing someone’s work and giving them an audience beyond their own. In reality, though, it’s intertwined with copyright law; which makes [...]

By | 2018-08-27T10:52:04+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Blogging, Copyright, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media|1 Comment

6 Key Takeaways From 2015 Update to the FTC Endorsement Guides FAQs

For the first time since they were first written in 2009 (and made public in 2010), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated its "What People Are Asking" page, which is a Q&A-type resource relating to the FTC Endorsement Guides and related online disclosure rules. The update provides further clarification related to how and why [...]

Facebook Update – Like Gating For Promotions To End November 5, 2014

Update for Facebook Promotions Running your sweepstakes or contest on Facebook may look different come November 5, 2014. In announcing updates to the Graph API, Facebook Software Engineer Harshdeep Singh included the Platform Policy changes in a post on the Facebook Developer Blog on Thursday August 7, 2014. While this is a more technical change [...]

By | 2014-08-08T15:02:18+00:00 August 8th, 2014|Blogging, Facebook, Giveaways, Social Media|9 Comments

Creative Commons Licenses Explained In Plain English

  One of the best ways to find usable copyrighted works, especially images, is to find someone who wants to share their work under a Creative Commons license. Since 2002, Creative Commons has been giving creators a way to share their work without having to relinquish copyright or individually license their work. These licenses have [...]

By | 2014-02-14T06:00:38+00:00 February 14th, 2014|Blogging, Copyright, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Social Media|51 Comments

Pinterest Giveaway Rules: Updated

  In response to questions and uncertainty about using Pinterest to run giveaways, Pinterest has issued an update to its Pinterest for Business Brand Guidelines and Acceptable Use Policy. While the Brand Guidelines are specifically for business users, the Acceptable Use policies apply to all platform users. Together, these new Pinterest giveaway rules should help guide [...]

By | 2013-10-31T06:00:49+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Blogging, Business Law, Giveaways, Pinterest, Social Media|10 Comments