Jurors and Social Media

As Jerry Seinfeld might have said, “What’s the deal with jurors?”  Why is it so hard to figure out that writing about your case on Facebook, or trying to “friend” the defendant, is a bad idea? Juries are a big deal in our legal system.  The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right […]

An Inauspicious Beginning to AR Litigation

It has finally happened.  The era of augmented reality litigation has begun.  Just … not the way I had expected. I’ve spent years thinking–and the past several months blogging–about the legal principles that will govern the use of augmented reality technology.  The AR industry promises to change the way we view our world and interact […]

Morals Clauses, Spokespeople, and Social Media

When big brands sign endorsement deals with professional athletes and other celebrities, the endorsement contract typically include a “morals clause.”  This lets the company terminate the deal immediately if the spokesperson does something to sully their public image.  These clauses are usually very broad, vaguely worded (with phrases like “scandal” and “public disrepute”), and give […]

Posting Videos of Police on YouTube: Protected by the First Amendment?

Every week brings another headline about yet another citizen arrested and charged with wiretapping or eavesdropping (or sued civilly for invasion of privacy) for recording police officers acting in the line of duty. Indeed, a 41-year-old mechanic in Illinois currently faces life in prison merely for recording officers issuing a citation. Social media offers a […]