Are you a publisher, producer, or reporter? Are you a business utilizing television, film, music, or any digital media? Do you have a blog or do you report any news or gossip online? Are you concerned about your legal rights or legal liabilities? If yes, then you may have a media law issue, and Saper Law can help.

Media law encompasses a wide array of legal issues related to expression in the public sphere.  Traditionally, media law is associated with mass media such as printed publications, radio, and television. Today, media includes “new media” such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, music websites, and other social media and online resources. As these platforms become some of the most powerful business tools to facilitate content sharing, they raise new and developing legal issues. It is crucial for a business to understand how to maintain ownership and protection of their intellectual property online.

Media law includes advertising, defamation, libel, slander, personality rights, privacy rights, copyright, trademark, and other constitutional law issues including the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Saper Law has extensive experience helping clients balance the risks and rewards of different social media tactics, instituting social media use and privacy policies while minimizing potential liabilities and defending clients in litigation.

Recent Social Media matters handled by Saper Law Offices:

  • Assisted a client in successfully petitioning Yelp to reinstate their business page account after a fraudulent negative report was filed.
  • Assisted a client with website compliance regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, including setting up a designated agent notice.
  • Drafted employee handbooks that include a specific social media policy such as the one developed for the Metropolitan Chicago Health Care Council.
  • Defended several individuals accused of defamation and false light based on statements made on an Internet newsgroup. Achieved dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction in one federal district court and dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in a second federal district court.
  • Represented a client being sued for defamation due to a single, anonymous Twitter post.
  • Provided a sweepstakes compliance review for a client’s Facebook promotion.
  • Represented a client in litigation regarding a post on her personal blog.
  • Drafted terms of use and end-user licensing agreements for interactive websites.

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