Archive for the ‘social media’ category

Using social networking in business development

October 1st, 2013

Yesterday, I gave a speech at the Ontario Bar Association’s TECHxpo 2013. My talk was titled Ethical and Efficient Ways to Use Social Networking in Business Development. My slides are set out below and can also be accessed on Slideshare. Note the last slide which has links to guidelines on the use of social media from law societies around the world.

Social media, intellectual property and the workplace, is there a gap in the law?

April 25th, 2012

I gave a speech earlier today at the Law Society Special Lectures on Employment Law and the New Workplace in the Social Media Age. My talk was entitled,  “Is There a Gap in Intellectual Property Law?”  My slides are shown below.

Why is the EU asking the ECJ to review ACTA and does it matter?

February 27th, 2012

Last week the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, released a statement announcing that the EU will refer the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ will be asked to assess whether ACTA is incompatible – in any way – with the EU’s fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and information or data protection and the right to property in case of intellectual property.

What reason did the Commissioner give to explain the referral to the ECJ?

  • A fear that ACTA will censor websites? No.

Law Society gives lawyers social media guidance

January 9th, 2012

The Law Society representing solicitors in England and Wales issued a practice note for the use of social media by lawyers. It covers considerable ground including ethical obligations and the application of Principles in the SRA Handbook to the use of social media. Some of the highlights include the following;

You must act with integrity

Personal integrity is central to your role as the client’s trusted advisor and should characterise all your professional dealings with clients, the court, other lawyers and the public.

You must not allow your independence to be compromised