Interesting Reads -- November '09

A partial list of interesting reads from the past month or so:
  1. The Law of Social Media:  Glenn Manishin has a series of essays on the legal issues raised by social media ("The Law of Social Media").

  2. Do Employers Own Social Content Created by Employees?:  Jeremiah Owyang has a post on this issue ("Your Company May Own Your Tweets, Pokes, and YouTube Videos"), with comments from Lisa Borodkin.  What I want to know?  Who owns the underlying relationships formed by employees through social media? 

  3. Spammy Advertising on Facebook:  An interesting guest post on TechCrunch on this topic: "How to Spam Facebook Like a Pro: An Insider's Confession"

  4. Privacy Class Actions:  Wendy Davis @ MediaPost: "Are Consumers Being Stiffed in Privacy Case Settlements?"  N.D. Cal. judge rejects proposed settlement in class action involving TD Ameritrade data breach.

  5. Online Communities:  From Wired:  "The Assclown Offensive: How to Enrage the Church of Scientology".  Very interesting article on the dynamics of the ongoing battle between 4chan and Scientology.

  6. Sanford Wallace:  Word to the Wise: "While I hate to actually say 'Sanford Wallace changed my life,' it's not that far from the truth"

  7. California:  Threat Level: "Schwarzenegger Flips Off Lawmakers in Hidden Message"

  8. Blogging:  Simple Justice:  "Blogging is Alive, And Aggravating"

  9. Lawyers:  Vanity Fair (Bryan Burrough): "Marc Dreier's Crime of Destiny"... $380mm stolen through fake paper, embezzled escrow funds, etc.

  10. Licensing Agreements:  WSJ: "Lawyerese Goes Galactic as Contracts Try to Master the Universe"

  11. Social Networking: Seth Godin: "Dunbar's Number Isn't Just a Number, It's the Law" ("the typical human being can only have 150 friends")

  12. Law Firms:  ATL:  "Quinn Emanuel Believes in 'C.B.A.' (Check Blackberry Always)" ... good response here.
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