DigitalEd: How to Solve Legal Issues on Social Media

    by Amanda Martin
    June 12, 2017
    Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com and used with Creative Commons license.

    Title: How to Solve Legal Issues on Social Media

    Instructor: C. Amanda Martin, Partner, Stevens, Martin, Vaughn & Tadych

    Gain an understanding of your rights and responsibilities when it comes to copyright, fair use and defamation on social media.


    Everyone’s a publisher now. Whether your company has a whole social media team or one person with a smart phone, you have to stay within your own lane on the information highway. It’s crucial to understand the dos and don’ts of copyright and libel law before posting. Learn how you can say everything you want and need to say without being exposed to legal risks.

    What you’ll learn from this training:

    1. What’s the difference between plagiarism and copyright violation, and does it matter?
    2. Can you use any part of someone else’s work without violating their copyright?
    3. If you discover your content is being stolen or misappropriated by someone, what can you do in lieu of legal action?
    4. How can you post honest, critical opinions and still avoid a defamation claim?


    • Presentation slides and notes
    • An Intellectual Property Quicksheet
    • A Libel and Privacy Quicksheet

    Who should take this training?

    • Journalists, freelance writers, photographers and other creatives
    • Corporate and strategic communicators
    • Public relations professionals
    • Non-profit executive directors
    • Political communicators

    Date and Time: July 12, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET

    Price: $39

    Register now for this training!

    Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Free registration for BigMarker is required.

    About the Instructor:

    Amanda Martin is a communications lawyer, representing traditional and social media as well as corporate communicators on issues related to libel and privacy, the internet, and intellectual property. For more than 25 years, she routinely has counseled reporters, editors and news directors about avoiding libel suits, gaining access to government meetings and records and resisting subpoenas. With the advent of the internet, Martin expanded her practice to include counseling and representing non-media individuals and organizations with social media issues.

    Martin is the author of the North Carolina section of the Media Law Resource Center’s annual survey on privacy law, co-author of the North Carolina section of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Open Government Guide, and co-editor of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook, to which she also contributes the chapter on access to public meetings. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at media law forums and workshops and regularly contributes articles to legal, media and other publications. Martin has taught as an adjunct instructor of media law at the UNC School of Law, the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Campbell Law School.

    Tagged: digitaled media law privacy social media

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