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SXSW Interactive 2016

Key Moments in Social Media Law

Social media as we know it today would not exist without the cases, legislation, and other legal developments that made the social media revolution possible. From the seminal Supreme Court decision holding Sony not liable for copyright infringement based on its Betamax VCR, to groundbreaking federal legislation shielding online service providers from liability for user generated content, to more recent developments in social media law, this session will explore the legal foundations of today's social media industry and where social media law may be headed in the future. Anyone interested in social media and the law (not just lawyers!) will find the session informative and entertaining.

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  1. What is the connection between the Sony Betamax video recorder and today's social media platforms?
  2. What legal developments made the social media revolution possible; what would the social media landscape have looked like without those developments?
  3. What developments in social media law are on the horizon, and how will they affect the social media industry in the future?



Aaron Rubin, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

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