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Professional Development Series

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Essentials of Social Media Policies



“Have you ever had that moment when you saw that post that made you shudder?”  The Professional Development Series is pleased to present to you the creator of the Series and social media master, Chris Fortier, Esquire, as he discusses the importance of a social media policy for organizations.  Do not let your clients be the “test case” in the quickly evolving area of Social Media Law.


Chris Fortier, Esq.

Professional Development Conference, Washington, D.C., September 19, 2014


0:00:    Introduction of Presenter

2:40:    Legalities of Media Policies

3:50:    Social Media Channels

6:00:    Goal of Social Media Policies

9:20:    Resources on Social Media Law

10:45:  Social Media Strategy and Policy

16:45:  Examples of Social Media Policies

19:10:  Who owns this Stuff?

21:20:  Monitor for Copyright Infringement

25:10:  Photos and Video

29:30:  Account Ownership- Case Review

     Eagle v. Morgan, 2013-11-4303 (ED. Pa. 2013)

     PhoneDog v. Kravitz (2011, N.D. Calif.)

34:40:  Recap

36:15:  Examples

41:00:  Freedom of Speech and Moderation

43:30:  Government Agencies and Contractors

44:50:  Interesting Aspects of Social Media Law

47:35:  Be Nice to Your Competition

48:35:  Employee Conduct and Behavior Online, Confidentiality, and Tying Policy to Law

51:45:  Privacy and Control of Identity

52:45:  Social Media as Advertising

53:50:  Managing Risk

54:50:  Takeaways

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