Category Archives: Multi-user Online Environments

I started using this umbrella term (MOE for short) in a paper I recently wrote to describe virtual worlds, social networks, online games and everything in between that uses the Internet to create a space where many people can interact and share information.

Don’t Worry: HuffPo Blogger Gets Facebook’s Messenger App Terms of Service ALL WRONG.

Facebook has recently spun off its popular messaging service into a standalone app. That’s probably a good thing because it was exceedingly clumsy to access messages in the most recent versions of the app (at least on Android).  Facebook has been trying … Continue reading

Posted in Contracts and Agreements, Mobile Devices, Privacy, Social Networks | Leave a comment

Defacing Facebook is Now a Crime in Ireland

What do you do when you think your ex-girlfriend is seeing another man?  If you answered: go to her house, steal her phone and post that she’s a whore on her Facebook status, you could be charged with criminal defacement of … Continue reading

Posted in International News, Social Networks | 2 Comments

The Role of Social Media in the Courtroom

There’s not much else to say on this issue that I didn’t say in the interview… The key is that for now, social media have no place in the courtroom unless they are directly related to the case, like … Continue reading

Posted in Litigation, Rights and Civil Liberties, Social Networks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook Site Governance Vote

There are only a few more hours left to get your vote in for Facebook’s site governance vote on the company’s proposed Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy.  I’ve reviewed the changes and they make a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Privacy, Social Networks, Terms of Service Tracker | Leave a comment

Election Day Special: Sharing a Picture of Your Ballot Asking for Trouble

I hope everyone reading this has already voted, but if you’re on your way to the polls later, be sure not to succumb to the temptation to post a picture of your ballot to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other … Continue reading

Posted in Mobile Devices, Social Networks | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fake Gun Used to Steal Man’s Virtual Currency

Two men recently met in the Fordham University library for a simple currency exchange: $3,300 for 4.7 billion RuneScape coins.  When the deal looked shady, the seller of the coins wanted to back out.  That’s when the alleged buyer pulled … Continue reading

Posted in Multi-user Online Environments, Virtual Currency, Virtual Worlds | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Internet Speech Rights in New York Are Taking a Beating

Happy Fourth of July everyone! To celebrate Independence Day, I have a nice set of stories about liberty and justice to remind us all just how important it is keep a vigilant eye on the government. This week a protester … Continue reading

Posted in Legal Developments, Litigation, Rights and Civil Liberties, Social Networks | Leave a comment

University of Minnesota Did Not Infringe Mortuary Student’s Free Speech Rights

UPDATE June 26, 2012, 12:35 PM: City Pages reports that Amanda Tatro, 31, was found dead Tuesday morning in her home. Tatro suffered from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a condition that affected her nervous and circulatory systems. She had been planning an … Continue reading

Posted in Litigation, Rights and Civil Liberties, Social Networks | 8 Comments

Many Corporate Social Media Polices Found Lacking by National Labor Relations Board

I’ve been reading over the memo issued by the National Labor Relations Board on May 30, 2012 with regard to corporate social media policies. It’s a fascinating look into how businesses try to navigate the dangerous waters of modern communication technology. … Continue reading

Posted in Regulation and Rule-making, Rights and Civil Liberties, Social Networks | Leave a comment

9th Circuit’s Opinion in U.S. v. Nosal Sets the CFAA on Track for Supreme Court Review

I’m not sure how I forgot to post an article about the 9th Circuit’s opinion in U.S. v. Nosal when it came out in mid-April. I suppose I was a bit busy with exams, winding up my tax law practice and … Continue reading

Posted in Litigation, Rights and Civil Liberties, Social Networks | 2 Comments