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Recently, many people have been turning to apps like “OnlyFans” to make a second income – or may even use them as their only source of income. “OnlyFans” is an app where users can pay to view exclusive “content” – mostly on the explicit side. With so many users uploading private photos of themselves – for a price – what happens when one of your “fans” leaks your nude photos without your permission? Can you sue? Intellectual Property Rights on “OnlyFans” According to the “OnlyFans” Terms of Service, “You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display,…
Rap Superstar Cardi B is going to trial… over a tattoo. Yes, you heard it right, and we doubt she “likes it like that”. Cardi B is headed to court for photoshopping a man’s tattoo on the cover for her mixtape “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1.”. The tattoo in question belongs to a man named Kevin Brophy Jr. who alleges that Cardi B misappropriated his likeness in a “a misleading, offensive, humiliating and provocatively sexual way” in an effort to launch her career, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Invasion of Privacy The lawsuit also includes a false light claim…
Dr. Dre and his wife of over 24 years are divorcing and it has been nothing shy of the public eye. It seems like every month there is a new update that shows the battle getting messier and messier. Most recently, it has been reported that Dr. Dre’s wife, Nicole Young, has requested ownership of the producer and musician’s well-known trademarked name, Dr. Dre as well as the trademark for his hit album, “The Chronic”.   According to court documents, Dr. Dre’s legal team is asking the court to shut down Nicole’s lawsuit over the trademarks, but does she actually have any legal grounds?   Prenup Problems: “Forgot About Dre”  Nicole and Dre were married four years…
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is a statue that essentially grants immunity from liability to websites, social media platforms, and search engines for what users post. This law was created back in 1996, before platforms like Facebook and Twitter became as influential on how we consume information as they are today. It’s no secret that misinformation and defamatory content are huge issues online.  Now, the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are looking to reform the law in order to promote transparency and open discourse and address illicit activity online. You could probably guess that tech CEOs…
Congrats! A video of you just went viral! But is this always a good thing? Sure, if that was your intention. But videos or social media posts can spread like wildfire for all the wrong reasons. You also may not be able to control the narrative associated with going viral. So, what can you do if you go viral on the Internet – and you wish you didn’t? As Internet attorneys, we see “going viral, gone bad” situations quite often, and have assisted clients with addressing viral content. Sometimes, that means suing for defamation or false light, when professional reputations are affected and damages are incurred.   Suing for Defamation and False Light for Damages or an Injunction.  Firstly, if the viral content online is defamatory, you have the option to sue, either for an injunction or for damages, sometimes…
Britney Spears has not been able to make a single legal decision on her own since she was 27. This is because the singer was placed under a legal Conservatorship after her public breakdown in 2008 (if you recall the shaved head stunt and the umbrella hits to the paparazzi). Now, 12 years later, Spears is going to battle against her father, Jamie Spears, to remove him from his role as sole conservator of her estate. This case has not been shy of the public eye, like anything in the pop princess’s life. Many of her fans have been spreading …
On Wednesday September 23rd, 2020, The Department of Justice sent draft legislation to Congress to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Among the items they are attempting to reform is a “Case-Specific Carve-Out” that would require platforms to take content down that is unlawful – including content deemed defamatory in court. In the past, Section 230 has granted immunity to online platforms and Internet providers from responsibility for the content posted on their sites – making the user the sole publisher of the content and not the platform. However, as the Internet has grown and flourished since Section…
On Wednesday August 12th, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the extension of the Clean Network Program aimed directly at guarding America’s sensitive information from “malign actors” like the Chinese Communist Party. This extension will include five new programs rooted in internationally accepted digital trust standards. Below is a listed breakdown of each new program: Clean Carrier: This program will ensure that China’s network carriers are not connected with U.S. telecommunication networks as it would pose a threat to national security.  This means Verizon Wireless, AT&T and other U.S. networks will need to ensure their networks are in no way …
If you haven’t already heard, many people on the Internet are speculating that President Trump may choose to ban the popular video sharing app known as TikTok. There is fear that because TikTok is owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, the app may be used maliciously by China to collect data from it’s American users. Just last week, Congress advanced legislation to block federal employees from using the app on government-issued devices, according to NPR. Many American TikTok users are wondering if it is even legal for the U.S. government to ban the app. Is it a violation of…
The Internet and all that it encompasses is full of content, some original, some considered “fair use” and some that violates copyright. So, when someone feels that their work is being infringed on a website or social media, what can they do to get the content removed?   Unfortunately, copyright issues on the Internet are much bigger issues today than ever before, especially with so many people ripping off content on social media. Because of this, there are specific laws that websites and platforms must abide by. Today, we are going to dive into the DMCA and how you can use it to get your stolen work removed from websites.   1. What does DMCA stand for?   DMCA stands for the…
The Internet and all that it encompasses is full of content, some original, some considered “fair use” and some that violates copyright. So, when someone feels that their work is being infringed on a website or social media, what can they do to get the content removed?   Unfortunately, copyright issues on the Internet are much bigger issues today than ever before, especially with so many people ripping off content on social media. Because of this, there are specific laws that websites and platforms must abide by. Today, we are going to dive into the DMCA and how you can use it to get your stolen work removed from websites.   1. What does DMCA stand for?   DMCA stands for the…
Social Media attorneys explain the real-life legal consequences of hacking into someone’s Facebook account or other online profile. Imagine waking up one morning to texts from your friends and family asking about your recent Facebook posts. You’re receiving screenshots of Facebook posts and Direct Messages that you know you would never send – and in fact, that you didn’t. When you try to login into your Facebook page, your password isn’t working, and you realize someone must’ve changed it. When you try to reset it, you realize you’re also locked out of your email account! This nightmare isn’t hypothetical. We’ve…
Imagine living in a world where one can create a video of someone else speaking words that they never actually uttered in a way that can be used as comedy or easily mistaken as reality. Well, thanks to a technology known as deepfakes, we are living in that world today. So, what does a deepfake mean and why are some Internet platforms implementing this technology while others are banning it? Deepfake Definition Deepfakes are a branch of machine learning that uses deep learning technology that applies neutral net simulation to massive data sets to create a fake. Hence the name,…
Imagine living in a world where one can create a video of someone else speaking words that they never actually uttered in a way that can be used as comedy or easily mistaken as reality. Well, thanks to a technology known as deepfakes, we are living in that world today. So, what does a deepfake mean and why are some Internet platforms implementing this technology while others are banning it? Deepfake Definition Deepfakes are a branch of machine learning that uses deep learning technology that applies neutral net simulation to massive data sets to create a fake. Hence the name,…
Before the Internet came into full swing, parents were mostly concerned with what channels their kids were watching on T.V., what books they were reading and what the ratings were on the games they were playing. Now, thanks to the Internet, parents have an entire world wide web to be concerned with. To aide in this task, COPPA laws were introduced to protect the Internet’s younger users from sexual predators and unethical marketers online. What is COPPA Law? COPPA stands for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It was passed by U.S. Congress in 1998 to protect the privacy of…
Before the Internet came into full swing, parents were mostly concerned with what channels their kids were watching on T.V., what books they were reading and what the ratings were on the games they were playing. Now, thanks to the Internet, parents have an entire world wide web to be concerned with. To aide in this task, COPPA laws were introduced to protect the Internet’s younger users from sexual predators and unethical marketers online.   What is COPPA Law?   COPPA stands for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It was passed by U.S. Congress in 1998 to protect the privacy of children…