Social Media and the Law

by Sarah Prosory 28. January 2011 16:07

Things are stirring up when it involves social media and the law...

Check out this article regarding private Facebook posts being mined by defense lawyers. This seems to be a new litigation tactic. Hat tip to Slashdot.  

From reading the article above I discovered Westlaw News & Insight Beta. Looks like a promising place for legal news. Some of the articles have links to Westlaw for ease to view the cases.

And... it appears to have happened yet again, jurors doing their own research. Only this time a librarian juror was a bit too interested in doing her own research for a case. We've discussed this before how jurors are more often doing their own research about a case because it has become so easy for them to do so with their cell phones and Internet capabilities at home. Here's another article I found on this topic.

What do you think should be done? Comment below!

Facebook Trial Court Documents on Westlaw

by Sarah Prosory 3. November 2010 16:35

      

I was doing some research in Westlaw today, and on the "Westlaw" tab they were highlighting some new trial court documents. As quoted from Westlaw (you will need to log-in to Westlaw to view the links): 

"Check out these new trial court documents: Lawsuits featured in The Social Network: Saverin Cross-Complaint against Zuckerberg and Facebook: 2006 WL 6627814; Zuckerberg complaint against Saverin: 2008 WL 8099168 Winklevoss/Connectu Complaint against Zuckerberg and Facebook: 2007 WL 1230524."

I recently saw the movie, The Social Network, so these documents really sparked my interest. I never had heard of the Winklevoss twins until I saw the movie, so this was a treat to view the documents! Thanks Westlaw!

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below!

Social Media Used as Evidence in Divorce Cases

by PSL Law Library 29. June 2010 06:42

Picture source: MorgueFile

Buzzing about on the internet today is how Facebook and other social media sites provide evidence in divorce cases. Covered here by Mashable.com and here by Slashdot.org. The original AP article can be found here. Visit the website of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for more information on the field of family law.

 

Facebook Privacy Settings

by PSL Law Library 22. June 2010 01:04

Picture source: MorgueFile

Need help with the new privacy settings on Facebook? Here is a fantastic how-to video and explanation on how to get more privacy with Facebook's new privacy settings, brought to you by the Electronic Frontier Foundation via the Law Librarian Blog. This is particularly important for anyone considering criminal practice or civil procescutions (including administrative law practices).

Also from the Law Librarian Blog, a reminder for professors to be mindful of what they post on Facebook.

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