Social Networks & The Law Presentation

On June 10 I was one of four featured speakers at the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s CLE (Continuing Legal Education) class Let’s be Friends: The Legal Ramifications of Social Networking. I have now made my presentation materials available online, which covered (i) understanding social networks and user generated content sites, DMCA takedown and counter-notices, (ii) the ethics on using a third person to gain access to an adverse witnesses’ social networking profile via a friend request, and (iii) the legal ethics of blogging and microblogging (twitter). A description of the highly successful CLE appears below.

Let’s be Friends: The Legal Ramifications of Social Networking

Today more and more people are joining at least one social networking site. Young adults on MySpace and Facebook or business professionals on LinkedIn, people are taking advantage of these new online meeting spaces to make acquaintances, communicate and expand business opportunities. Social networking sites enable users to publish content. Publishing content can create a number of legal issues, such as defamation or copyright infringement. What legal responsibility should users or vendors have for content? What other legal responsibility flows from the use of social networking data by employers, advertisers/marketing and government agencies?

  • This interactive program uses technology, statutes and case law to explore issues involving social networking as it pertains to privacy, property rights as well as vendor and user legal liability
  • The pane; will focus on emerging technology and software that may be used to extend the reach of social networks and add some new legal issues to the mix, as well as new concepts, such as behavioral marketing, which will be explored.


Joseph J. Bambara, Azure Media, Inc.; Stephen Kline, Esq., Former General Counsel of Inc.; Jarno Vanto , Esq., Vanto Law PLLC; Michael M. Wechsler, The Law Network, LLC

Michael M. Wechsler, Esq.

Internet / Mobile entrepreneur since 1989, Intellectual Property attorney since the mid 1990s, former in-house counsel at, Senior Vice President of Business Strategy at Zedge, Co-Founder of the IDT Internet Mobile Group, E-Discovery expert and legal consultant with Kroll Ontrack, and owner and operator of

Michael M. Wechsler, Esq. – who has written posts on The Law Professor.