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Social Media Risks for Artists and Their Counsel

Date and Time: July 11, 6:30-8pm

Location: Fenwick & West LLP  1191 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Tickets: $10 artists, $25 attorneys - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Description: This lively session, led by a long-term Silicon Valley lawyer/technologist, will cut a broad swath.  Among the issues covered will be:

  •  risk of loss of some copyright/ownership rights by posting content on social media sites;

  • seeking a takedown of others’ posting of one’s copyrighted material;

  • complying with the endorsement / testimonial / influencer guidelines promulgated and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

  • avoiding unauthorized use/posting of others’ copyrighted and/or private information; and

  • when running one’s own interactive environment, gaining the fullest possible benefits of the liability immunity provided by the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA); and

The session will also feature:

  • a deep dive into, and demo of, the trail left when one posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn — and how a vast trove of information might later be subject to discovery in a legal proceeding; and

  • a summary of key ethics issues faced by attorneys advising clients on social media issues. 

 Speaker: Robert D. Brownstone has been an attorney for over 30 years.  He is also a long-term technologist, thought leader and law school adjunct professor.  For almost 20 years, Robert has practiced at the Silicon-Valley-based national law firm Fenwick & West LLP, where he been the Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Electronic-Information-Management (EIM) Group Chair since 2011. 

 Working out of the firm’s San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley Center offices, Robert advises clients and colleagues on electronic-discovery, information-security, data-privacy (including GDPR), ethics, retention-destruction policies and social-media risks and rewards. 

 Since 2002, he has been a nationwide advisor, conference-chair, speaker, writer and press resource on a host of electronic information topics.  Since 2007, Robert has been the lead nationwide presenter for the National Employment Law Institute (NELI) on “The eWorkplace” – focused to a large degree on social media.  He also serves on the NELI Educational Advisory Board. 

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