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Social Media and the Law

Author(s): Kathryn L. Ossian
Practice Area: Communications and telecommunications, Digital and mass media, Social media
Published: Jul 2013
Supplement Date: Mar 2020 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402420214
PLI Item #: 48876
Also available in softbound

Social Media and the Law helps you understand the legal environment and mitigate the risks of using social media platforms.

In Social Media and the Law you’ll learn:

  • The privacy issues presented by social networking sites and what steps users can take to maintain their privacy and limit unwanted third-party access to personal information
  • What copyright issues are raised in the ever-developing social media world, such as who owns and who can use user-generated content and data scrapping
  • The opportunities, and trademark risks, of promoting your brand through social media
  • Best practices for social media communication to avoid defamation and other tort liability
  • The unique employment and workplace issues that are raised by and through the use of social media, both by employees and human resources departments
  • How the basic rules of disclosure in advertising apply to advertisements appearing in social media, including a full discussion of the Federal Trade Commission’s 2000 guidance and 2012 update project on those guidelines
  • How social media activity can result in criminal charges and be used as evidence or alibi in criminal proceedings
  • How social media can and should be considered when creating a civil litigation discovery plan

In a separate chapter on regulated industries, Social Media and the Law discusses the unique issues faced by publicly traded companies • financial services • broker-dealers • health care providers • and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Essential reading at a time when the legal issues are still evolving, Social Media and the Law minimizes the risk of litigation and other issues while maximizing your comfort level when using the many powerful tools available through social media platforms.

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Ossian Law P.C., Founder and CEO 2013-present

Miller Canfield, Senior Principal/Information Technology & Cyberlaw Section Chair,


University of Phoenix, Advanced Certified Faculty Member, 2001-present

Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert E. DeMascio, 1984-1986



J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Michigan State University College of Law

B.A., Economics, Michigan State University


Professional Activities:

American Bar Association, 1986-present

State Bar of Michigan, 1984-preent

Armenian Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2010-present; Vice Chair, 2015-present

Armenian-American Bar Association, Board Member and Past President 1995-1997


Honors and Awards:

Best Lawyers in America, Information Technology Law, 2007- present; 2012 Detroit Information Technology Lawyer of the Year

Michigan Super Lawyers, Information Technology/Outsourcing 2007-present; Intellectual Property 2006

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Information Technology, 2011-present

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2011 Women in the Law


Civil and Cultural Activities:

Automation Alley, 2001-present; Ambassador, 2012-present

University of Dayton School of Law Annual Program in Law & Technology, Steering Committee, 2007-present

State Bar of Michigan Foundation Fellow, 2010-present

Detroit Regional Chamber & Leadership Detroit, Graduate, Class XXII

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Board Member, 2009-present, Vice Chair, 2015-present