IP and Employment Issues of Online Social Networking

Minimizing The Legal Risks of Blogs, Listservs, Myspace...

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, April 12, 2007

Course Materials


Online social networking websites and legal listservs, chat rooms and blogs all provide an outlet for open communication and exchange of ideas among the individual and businesses. They also allow participants to express their thoughts about their employers and co-workers – and that could even include revealing proprietary business information.

The tables can also be turned. Many employers now tap into these services to learn more about job applicants and even current employees.

While these Internet communication forums are valuable, they also raise concerns about the legal implications of participating in them or using information from them.

Listen as our panel of legal specialists examines the IP and employment issues related to use of social networking websites, listservs and bulletin boards, among other things, and discuss best practices to avoid liability.



The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How are companies at risk for infringement of IP rights in the online social networking context?
  • How can employers effectively and legally take advantage of information posted on Internet sites to learn more about applicants and current employees?
  • What ethical issues face attorneys in utilizing online information sharing?
  • What are the best practices for companies in creating and implementing policies regarding their own and their employees' use of social networking sites?


Marcia N. Jackson
Marcia N. Jackson

Wick Phillips

Her practice includes employment and labor law, counseling, training and internal investigations. She assists clients...  |  Read More

Barbara Hoey
Barbara Hoey
Kelley Drye & Warren

She is Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and she represents employers in all areas of labor/employment...  |  Read More

Paul H. Arne
Paul H. Arne
Morris Manning & Martin

He co-chairs the firm's Technology Transactions Group and the Privacy and Security Group. He focuses on open source...  |  Read More