Online Publishing and Social Media

Content delivery is not limited to just one medium anymore. Individuals and organizations – broadcasters and non-broadcasters alike – often utilize multiple social media platforms to interact directly with friends, families, customers, partners – anyone. This ability to directly and quickly interact with anyone carries inherent legal risks.

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC attorneys are experienced in reviewing Internet content and website structure for possible defamation, copyright, trademark, privacy and other issues. We specialize in the unique problems involving social media, blogs, and public discussion areas. We draft disclaimers to take full advantage of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and craft language designed to immunize sites from copyright infringement allegations under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Our attorneys also specialize in “fair use,” the principle that allows the use of limited portions of a work for commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. We are familiar with the full range of authorities that help define the unclear boundaries of fair use, and we routinely defend the legitimate use and sharing of materials.

We track the cutting edge of online publishing and social media, the emerging questions, and the rising concerns – to identify the relevant legal issues and avoid potential pitfalls – sometimes even before the client has launched a particular online presence.

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