[INTERVIEW] BC “Heavy” Biermann: Taking Back Public Spaces With AR

I’m one of several people who write about how augmented reality will change the world some day.  BC “Heavy” Biermann is one of the few people currently helping to make that happen.  In addition to working as an assistant professor of media, BC is the founder and developer behind The Heavy Projects, the brains behind […]

SEC Releases Alert on Investment Adviser Use of Social Media

On January 4, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a 7-page alert called “Investment Adviser Use of Social Media.”  The document is the result of a review that the SEC conducted of “registered investment advisers of varying sizes and strategies that were using social media.” The SEC observed that, while many firms they reviewed […]

Prediction Fulfilled(?): Supreme Court Turns Down Student Social Media Cases

In my January 5 Mashable article “5 Predictions for Social Media Law in 2012,” I described the chaos that is the current state of the law on social media posts by students.  Public high school (and even middle school) students have been suspended or expelled for things they’ve written online about teachers, administrators, and fellow […]

Augmented Reality & Social Change: My Upcoming Presentation

On February 17, 2012, I will be a panelist at the Michigan State University International Law Review Symposium titled “Modern Global Revolution.”  The panel on which I’m participating will discuss “TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL MEDIA, & REVOLUTION: Modern Methods of Organizing and Implementing Change.” My portion of the discussion is entitled “Augmented Reality and Social Change.”  I’ve […]

My Interview on the Emily Rooney Show

Today I had the great honor of appearing as a guest on the Emily Rooney Show, a program on WGBH Boston.  I explained the current controversy over the SOPA and PIPA copyright bills, and discussed some of my predictions for social media law in 2012.  You can listen to a recording of the interview here.

Would SOPA & PIPA Violate the First Amendment?

Today, thousands of sites across the internet have voluntarily blacked themselves out in protest of two bills pending before Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives, and its Senate version, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Although intended to serve the laudable goal of combating online piracy of copyrighted works , […]

The First Three Social Media Cases of 2012

At least three different courts released opinions dealing with social media during the first week of January 2012.  The variety of these opinions demonstrates that social media will continue to influence every facet of law in the coming year. Evidence Law State v. Altajir, 2012 Conn. Lexis 2 (Supreme Court of Connecticut, Jan. 3, 2012).   […]

[RESOURCE] The Right of Publicity in Michigan

Just in time for my presentation today to the Michigan Intellectual Property Association, I’ve added to this blog some resources on Right of Publicity law in Michigan.  This new section contains summaries of virtually every Michigan and Sixth Circuit case on the Right of Publicity, copies of relevant bills from the Michigan legislature, and more.  […]

5 Predictions for Social Media Law in 2012

I’m pleased to announce my first guest article on Mashable.com, entitled “5 Predictions for Social Media Law in 2012.”  Many thanks to the folks at Mashable for giving me this opportunity.  Be sure to follow Wassom.com for future updates, and you can find me on Twitter at @bdwassom. Question:  Do you agree with my predictions?  […]

5 Predictions for Augmented Reality Law in 2012

This could finally be the year that the public begins to see augmented reality as a serious, important technology.   Lance Ulanoff, the editor-in-chief at Mashable, certainly thinks so.  He listed AR as the first of “5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2012.”  “Trust me,” he wrote, “by 2013, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who […]