November 01, 2009
Social Media, The Law & Twitter (followed by lawyer jokes) #140Conf
Glenn was on the panel that discussed public policy, legal issues within the context of social media and who owns what on the web.
Says Glenn, "if you ask a lawyer a question, they’ll say, it depends." Well, in this space, it really does depend because there is no law about social media right now. There are doctrines of law that affect social media, you can be fired, not hired, but he asserts, that in many ways, "its still the wild wild west."
Because the wild wild west is abbreviated to www....now what? What about linking? Caching? Twitter? Answers are evolving as we speak. Risks are high but if you don’t take the risks, you also don't yield the rewards.
So, who owns the content on social media networks? Can employers prohibit employees from using social media?
Employers could learn a lot about their employees by not only allowing them to voice an opinion but engaging with them in the process. If you let employees use social media, you can monitor their voice and their behavior. Instruct them out to use it and give them concise guidelines but give up the control. In the long term, that control won't work to serve corporations.
Larger corporations don't just think about the legal risk but also the business risk. Brett Trout (@bretttrout) talked to us about intellectual property law. He says with a grin, "social media isn’t like baby bottles or the phone – it’s a tool you have to use. If your lawyer isn’t using social media, you need to get a new lawyer. You need a lawyer who understands what it is and its implications."
As for endorsements and being up front about what you're doing, we are given this analogy: sharks don't know much about playing badminton but they do know how to hunt & kill.
On copyright and trademark issues, 90% of tweets are repetition of facts that are already public and out there.
Tweets live forever and anyone can see them. There’s a difference between that model and Facebook, a walled community, which means you decide who sees your content.
Normally the copyright rule is that if you use the entire article or quote, it’s not considered fair use. You can use a portion of something for commentary or parady. If you retweet, by definition, you’re basically repeating everything someone said.
By posting something on Twitter, you are not copying it, you’re reposting someone's stuff and as Pete Cashmore once said about reposting stuff, it's great to extend that reach of what you said. Hear hear. Distribution distribution distribution.
@glennm below tells us some amusing lawyer jokes on-site at the Kodak Theater last week.
October 24, 2009
Carly Fiorina on Goals, The Senate & Cancer
Videos below are in three parts.
October 20, 2009
The U.S. Army Talks Social Media
I interviewed a U.S. Army rep at BlogWorldExpo this week. What on earth was the U.S. Army doing at a blogging conference you ask? Dentists and soldiers alike are blogging, tweeting and hanging out on Facebook, from Iraq and throughout the world.
July 31, 2009
Tony Perkins: AlwaysOn 2009 & What's Next?
At the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit yesterday in Palo Alto, Tony Perkins gives a recap of the event, talks about new innovations over the past year and what's next with his upcoming conferences GoingGreen West and AlwaysOn OnDC in Washington, both in the fall.
July 28, 2009
A Chat with East of England International
Karyn Barnes and John Dow chat with me about their roles and goals at East of England International. (EEI)
EEI enables business in the UK’s most innovative region, working across a range of industries and technologies including ICT, Clean Tech and MedTech/Lifesciences.
The organization supports regional companies to develop business in international markets. They deliver UK Trade & Investment services and products in the region and offer a wide range of services, including developing international strategies, providing in-depth information on target markets, cultural briefings and identifying business opportunities.
EEI's Investor Development programme supports overseas-owned companies in the region stay abreast of key issues and receive ongoing support for growth.
June 25, 2009
How Obama's Antitrust Policies Could Impact Silicon Valley's Economy
If in the Bay Area, come watch Gary Reback, author of the new book Free the Market and Michael Arrington talk about how the Obama Administration’s antitrust enforcement policies will affect Silicon Valley’s economy.
At the Computer History Museum on June 30, Reback and Arrington will explore President Obama’s commitment to innovation along with his promise of renewed antitrust enforcement to make predictions about how the new administration will answer important questions.
They plan to draw on accounts of leading high tech lawsuits involving top companies like Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and AT&T. His new book paints a tableau of government policy gone awry.
June 01, 2009
Domestic Terrorist Strike in Kansas
Read Huffington Post's Michelle Kraus on a domestic terrorist strike in the assassination of Dr. George Tiller.
She writes: (be sure to read the entire post)
"The murder of Dr. George Tiller is horrific. It is an act of domestic terrorism at its worst. Gunned down at his peaceful place of worship in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Tiller was targeted as he served as an usher in church and his wife sang in the choir.
He was an unassuming man who did not choose his destiny. Rather he was drafted to fill the shoes of his father in providing desperately needed health services to the women of Kansas, and those across the nation."
May 25, 2009
Freshly squeezed last week "My Black President" by Sean O'Toole.
May 22, 2009
Take Back America with "We the People" Stimulus Package
Bob Basso author of "Common Sense" plays the role of Thomas Paine to ignite the fire of change in America. Patriotism and Pride for America lead Thomas Paine to help take back America.
He says in the YouTube video below, only when the government feels the almighty wrath of we the people shouting through the streets from California to New York "we want our country back," will they get the message that they work for us.
He shouts: Wake up america, when you were playing with your toys of your consumer wealth, you lost much more than gloated economy of living beyond your means, you lost your representative democracy.
Your servants have become your masters. Taxation without representation is tyranny but still you look to government to solve problems they created in the first place.
Why isn't there a 3 million we the people march in Washington surrounding the nation's capital? Democracy doesn't repress power, it unleashes it to we the people. Take it now he asserts. Now its time to stick it to them with a we the people stimulus package.
May 02, 2009
White House Twitter: Formal, White & in Need of Human Face
Obama's original Twitter account has moved over to Twitter.com/whitehouse, a formal all white page with a shot of the white house in the photo box that resembles a stamp more than it does the abode of the most powerful man in the world.
I'm fascinated by this transition. Note: Can't wait to see the psychology and ecology behind this, other marketing decisions and what's next.
The Obama twitter account currently is following 767,080 people and has 1,058,270 followers. The backdrop is a warmish blue with a shadow of Obama's face appearing stage left. The new account, i.e., official White House account, is white with no personality or human energy, includes a postage stamp white house as its photo, has 27,126 followers and is only following 61.
Right now, the 61 are all organizations, not people and include the likely suspects among others:
National Science Foundation
US Coast Guard AIDSbooth Womens Health
GovGab NASA Peace Corps GobiernoUSA OPM
USGS BusinessDotGov HomelandSecurity
ReadydotGov DHSJournal Library of Congress US Army Africa FBI Press Office CDCFlu US Air Force USFWS Pacific Government Benefits
I'll be particularly interested in watching which followers migrate over first and if there are any patterns to that migration, i.e., by industry, gender, age, etc. As this transition happens, let's observe who the White House follows and why and also what kind of Twitter accounts pop up as a means of educating and alerting government staffers for what's happening in the world.