Can I Augment That? 5 Targets to Be Wary of When Making AR

With the steady growth of new tools for user-generated augmented reality, I’ve been fielding a ton of questions lately on whether it’s legally okay to augment particular content. In other words–if you’re not familiar with how AR works–they want to know if it’s permissible to associate certain digital content with a particular physical object (the[...]

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Non-Solicitation Clauses and Social Media (Guest Post)

This article was principally authored by Nola Garcia, a student at Michigan State University College of Law and a 2012-13 summer associate at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. A growing body of case law addresses the use of social media to solicit customers or employees from previous employers.  Generally, courts have held that inviting former[...]

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For Your Social Media Policy, NLRB Says: Think Walmart

Walmart represents many things to many people.  For Lafe E. Solomon, Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, it represents the perfect social media policy.  On May 30, 2012, the NLRB released the third of Solomon’s reports on social media and federal labor relations law (read about the first two here and here).[...]

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New Year Bring New Guidance from NLRB on Employees and Social Media

The National Labor Relations Board is at it again. In August 2011, its Acting General Counsel, Lafe E. Solomon, issued a report summarizing several of its then-pending enforcement actions dealing with social media.  These are disputes in which an employee was disciplined or terminated for something he or she posted online.  In many of these[...]

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This Week in Augmented Reality

Don’t follow me on Twitter?  Then you’re missing out on my daily links to new and interesting developments in the world of AR.  And since Twitter’s recent redesign now makes it easier than ever to embed tweets directly into blog pages, I now bring you this summary of the news that I’ve shared this week:[...]

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Some Employees’ Online Rants Cross the Line: New Guidance From the NLRB

As I’ve previously discussed, the National Labor Relations Board has taken the stance in several recent cases that employees’ griping about their employers in social media sites was “concerted activity” protected by federal labor laws.  Many people have felt that those cases set a disturbing precedent and overly restricted employers’ ability to protect their reputations[...]

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LinkedIn and Litigation

It’s relatively hard to find lawsuits featuring evidence from LinkedIn.  By contrast, cases in which (often salacious or embarrassing) Facebook or MySpace posts become the key evidence are getting to be a dime a dozen.  That’s just a function of the types of content being shared on these sites.  By and large, you won’t find[...]

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Employee Rights and Social Media – A Summary of NLRB Enforcement Activity

When can an employer go too far in punishing employees for their statements in social media? The National Labor Relations Board caused a stir in October 2010 by filing its first enforcement action related to social media.  Specifically, the Board alleged that American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. violated federal labor law by terminating an[...]

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Roundup of Recent Social Media Sackings

Almost every day brings a new example of something you can do online to get yourself fired. They serve as continuing reminders that the subtle seduction of social media can turn one unwise comment into a career-terminating event. Here are a few recent examples: Brown v. Montgomery County, 2011 US Dist Lexis 35811 (E.D. Pa.[...]

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