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Will Using a Social Media Hashtag Really Make You Legally Liable to Delta Airlines (or Any Company for that Matter)?

It appears that on or about December 20, 2017 Delta Airlines updated their SkyMiles Program Rules to include a section entitled "User-Generated Social Media Image Rights" whereby you would grant a very broad license for use of your image simply by using the hashtag #SkyMilesLife and/or #DeltaMedallionLife on your social media channel. By tagging photos [...]

By | 2018-08-27T11:21:57+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Copyright, Instagram, Social Media|2 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

2013 FTC Dot Com Disclosure Updates and What They Mean For Marketers

FTC Disclosure and Online Marketing On March 12, 2013, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the long-awaited Dot Com Disclosures. The FTC Dot Com Disclosures guide provides guidance for online and mobile advertisers. Last released in 2000, the internet back then looked very different than it does today. Even now, after over a [...]

By | 2013-03-15T06:00:54+00:00 March 15th, 2013|FTC Disclosure, Giveaways, Social Media|16 Comments

Guest Postess with the 12 Mostess

OK, that was a lame attempt at humor. And what exactly does that mean anyway? You're thinking, "Obviously this woman had too much candy last night!". Seriously, though, I was asked to write for the online magazine 12 Most. All their posts offer information in groups of 12. So, while 3 is the magic number, [...]

By | 2012-11-01T06:00:47+00:00 November 1st, 2012|Business Law|0 Comments