Law Firm Marketing & Management

Krista Duncan Black and Heather Banner Kane, the CEO and chief production officer of TOPDOG Legal Marketing, LLC, recently celebrated the milestone of 25 years as licensed attorneys. Prior to their swearing in, Black and Kane graduated from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where they were roommates and Moot Court partners.   

Black and Kane have maintained continuous licensure since becoming members of the bar—Kane in Indiana and Black in West Virginia and Arizona. Both worked as attorneys in private practice and government positions before Black, recognizing the value of a legal marketing agency led by lawyers, founded TOPDOG
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TikTok’s popularity soared to new heights during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Teens and other users (including us!) can’t get enough of the platform that mostly features addictive and compelling short clips with user-generated content.

Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook also offer entertaining and insightful content, but have you ever wondered why different rules apply to TikTok? Is TikTok subject to copyright laws? Do you need a TikTok lawyer if you use it as a content creator? Let’s discuss below:
Music
Do TikTokers seem to get away with a lot more than other influencers
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Cyberbullying is a fairly new phenomenon whose emergence is linked to the rise of electronic communication and the internet. It commonly affects children—especially teens—but adults are often victims of cyberbullying too. While it doesn’t cause physical injury, cyberbullying can cause severe psychological and emotional damage. Some damage, like emotional distress, is immediate and temporary, but other damage can manifest later in a victim’s life. Can a victim sue for current and future damages? The answer is yes.
What Is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is a pattern of behavior that involves the repeated harassment of an individual via online sources or electronic communication
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Washington’s new anti-SLAPP statute, a version of the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act, replaces its 2010 predecessor that was invalidated by the Supreme Court in 2015. The 2010 law was considered too aggressive and infringed on the state’s constitutional right to a jury trial. The new legislation, like its predecessor, aims to protect individuals against SLAPP suits that threaten their First Amendment rights.
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)
Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) are baseless lawsuits that seek to intimidate individuals against exercising their rights to freedom of expression. Costly litigation or threats of legal action are used
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Defamation is false communication that hurts a person’s reputation. It can be either spoken communication—known as slander—or written communication, known as libel. For businesses and public figures, libel on the internet and social media can be devastating.
If someone does defame you or your business, you can sue them for damages (money) for harming your reputation. If you are the person or business that was wronged, you are known as the plaintiff. If you are the person that defamed (either through slander or libel), you are known as the defendant. It’s important to know that a defamation lawsuit can be
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Social media platforms provide an opportunity for many to have a voice and share information. They help friends and families to stay connected, and supply businesses with new ways to reach out to clients. Yet, despite social media regulations, false or defamatory content often appears online. In fact, users who post defamatory, reckless, or inappropriate comments are often rewarded with more attention.
How often do you post a life update on social media without thinking about it? Or read a snarky tweet about a stranger? Although many people forget, social media is a public platform where comments can impact other
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Krista Duncan Black, founder and CEO of TOPDOG Legal Marketing, LLC, recently completed the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Initiative training series as a member of the 2021 Phoenix Cohort. The intensive, award-winning program arms C-level executives of promising small businesses with tools and knowledge to accelerate business growth and improve operational strategies.

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative delivers the Interise StreetWise “MBA” program to selected C-level executives. The program has been found to increase revenue and contracts for participating businesses while creating more jobs at higher salaries. Each executive who completes the program drafts a three-year Strategic
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The internet presents a world of possibilities that was almost unimaginable 50 years ago.
Using the internet, you can connect with loved ones and like-minded people from across the globe, glean information on most topics, purchase items from any country and earn a living.
But the internet has also been plagued with lawlessness. Unethical hackers and other criminals misuse the internet’s capabilities to create serious problems such as viruses, identity theft, copyright infringement, and internet banking fraud. Thankfully, internet law is evolving as it protects law-abiding internet users while combating these crimes.
What is Internet Law?
Internet law refers to
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Defamation, slander, and libel all refer to when someone communicates false information to a third party that is harmful to another’s reputation. Libel is defamation that is communicated in writing. Slander is defamation that is communicated orally.
Examples of Libel and Slander
Some examples of slander or libel may include:

  • Falsely spreading rumours that a person is having an affair, leading to the individual being ostracized, shunned, or excluded by others.
  • Falsely accusing someone of theft, leading to the individual’s reputation being smeared.
  • Falsely spreading rumours about a restaurant, causing people to turn away from the business, leading to a


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As social media evolves, so does the life of influencers. As of the mid-2010s, becoming a full-time influencer became an acceptable, and sought-after, job. The duties of an influencer range far and wide, but one of the most important is prioritizing the production of quality content that resonates with your followers. However, not many influencers realize that there is a legal side to content creation and that the wider your reach is, the more susceptible you are to legal issues.

Fortunately, you can rely on the services of a social media attorney. Social media attorneys understand the unique challenges that
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So how can influencers benefit from hiring a social media lawyer? Well ss social media evolves, so does the life of influencers. As of the mid-2010s, becoming a full-time influencer became an acceptable, and sought-after, job. The duties of an influencer range far and wide, but one of the most important is prioritizing the production of quality content that resonates with your followers. However, not many influencers realize that there is a legal side to content creation and that the wider your reach is, the more susceptible you are to legal issues.
Fortunately, you can rely on the services of
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Arizona students pursuing a degree in the legal field may now apply for scholarships to be awarded by Phoenix-based TOPDOG Legal Marketing, LLC in 2022. TOPDOG will select one student in a Juris Doctor program at Arizona State University or the University of Arizona to receive a $1,000 scholarship and one student in paralegal studies, legal assisting, or a related field at an Arizona educational institution to receive a $500 scholarship.

Applicants for the 2021-2022 TOPDOG Legal Marketing Arizona Student Scholarships must be Arizona residents with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average who are enrolled in the programs noted for
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Social media platforms have provided an opportunity for the voiceless to be heard, for friends and family to stay connected, and for us to glean and share information. Unfortunately, these platforms have also created an environment where online defamation thrives. They afford users accessibility and anonymity, thereby making it easier for offenders to go unpunished.
Does this mean that victims of online defamation will never get justice? Are there glimmers of hope for victims in this grand era of social media? What defenses are available to those facing a defamation lawsuit? Below we explore what you can do if you
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One of the benefits of living in a democratic society is freedom of expression. As a human right, freedom of expression allows you to discuss, debate, and exchange ideas. It also grants you the liberty to seek and share information without fear of censorship. Does this mean there aren’t limits to free expression? Certainly not. Defamation law exists to defend a person’s reputation against lies that can cripple every aspect of their life. It establishes boundaries and creates a balance between both sides. Let’s explore these boundaries below.
Defamation, Libel and Slander
Defamation refers to harming a person’s character by
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In today’s digital world, every business needs to have an online presence. While launching your website doesn’t usually require the expertise of an online business attorney, when it comes to launching an e-commerce site, you may need one. Many legal issues come into play, including copyright and trademark infringement, domain name theft, payment card security, customer data protection, unfair competitive practices, and many more.
Why should you hire an e-commerce attorney?
Here are ten reasons why you should consider hiring an experienced internet lawyer for your online business:
1. Ever-changing technology
As technology continues to change, so do the
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We’ve all seen nasty comments targeting other people online. Perhaps you, too, have been a victim. Although it can be tricky determining when comments cross the line into harassment, we assembled some general guidelines to assist you. Online harassment, or cyber harassment, is the act of sending threatening or harassing emails, instant messages, social media posts, blog entries, or other online communication aimed at humiliating and tormenting someone.
How can the law help victims? What are the limitations of the law? Let’s explore what the law can and can’t do about online harassment below.
When the Law is on Your
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