Navigating Social Media Legal Risks: Safeguarding Your BusinessThe plain-English business guide to avoiding social media legal risks and liabilities—for anyone using social media for business:

You already know social media can help you find customers, strengthen relationships, and build your reputation. But, if you are not careful, it will expose you and your employer to expensive legal issues and regulatory scrutiny. This insightful, first-of-its-kind book provides business professionals with strategies for navigating the unique legal risks arising from social, mobile, and online media. Distilling his knowledge into a 100% practical guide specifically for non-lawyers, author and seasoned business attorney, Robert McHale, steps out of the courtroom, to identify in plain-English the social media legal and compliance risks associated with employment screening, promotions, endorsements, user-generated content, trademark, copyright, privacy, security, labor law, defamation, and more. Best of all, McHale offers practical, actionable solutions, preventative measures, and valuable tips on shielding your business from social media legal exposures, from a U.S. legal perspective. 

I had the honor of contributing some of the digitial marketing perspectives included in the book; and I hope you and your colleagues find it helpful.  

You’ll Learn How To:

• Craft legally compliant social media promotions, contests, sweepstakes, and advertising campaigns

• Write effective social media policies and implement best practices for governance

• Ensure the security of sensitive company and customer information

• Properly monitor and regulate the way your employees use social media

• Avoid high-profile social media mishaps that can instantly damage reputation, brand equity, and goodwill, and create massive potential liability

• Avoid unintentional employment and labor law violations in the use of social media in pre-employment screening

• Manage legal issues associated with game-based marketing, “virtual currencies,” and hyper-targeting

• Manage the legal risks of user-generated content (UGC)

• Protect your trademarks online, and overcome brandjacking and cybersquatting

• Understand the e-discovery implications of social media in lawsuits

About the Author:

Robert McHale, Esq., is the founding member of R | McHale Law, a full-service law firm whose corporate practice represents clients on a wide variety of IT and intellectual property law matters, including privacy and data security, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, technology licensing, and other proprietary protections. By leveraging his business instinct, technical insight, and legal experience, Robert helps companies develop legal strategies that best promote their business objectives. His areas of focus include general corporate law, business litigation, web/mobile applications, online marketing, new media, and Internet and e-commerce technology. Robert is a member of the Massachusetts bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of St. John’s College (B.A.) and Boston University School of Law (J.D.).

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