The Streisand Effect – demand letters in a Web 2.0 world

Presentation to the Middlesex Law Association.   The “Streisand effect” is what happens when someone tries to suppress something and the opposite occurs.  The act of suppressing it raises the profile, making it much more well known than it otherwise would have been. Wikipedia defines it as: The Streisand effect is an Internet phenomenon where … Continue reading The Streisand Effect – demand letters in a Web 2.0 world

Humourous but effective response to copyright violation

Today’s Slaw post Lawyers routinely send demand letters to those who may offend a client’s rights in some way.  The easiest, but often ineffective, way to do that is to fire off a missive citing every possible legal theory that is being breached, and threatening to bring down a reign of legal terror so intimidating … Continue reading Humourous but effective response to copyright violation

Responding to negative social media

That’s the title of my Slaw post for today.  It reads as follows: I gave a presentation this morning on social media issues at a TechAlliance breakfast club event.  Thought I would share this one slide. If someone posts something about you or your organization that you don’t like, it’s best to so some sober … Continue reading Responding to negative social media

Negative reviews can be good for business

That’s the title of my Slaw post for today.  It reads as follows. We’ve all heard the saying “there is no such thing as bad publicity” – but of course we don’t take that literally.  Apparently, though, research has shown that when it comes to online reviews, negative reviews can result in more sales than … Continue reading Negative reviews can be good for business

Fanshawe eMarketing Conference – legal issues

Fanshawe College is putting on an eMarketing conference March1st entitled “Turning Clicks into Customers“.   The keynote speaker is Mitch Joel, author of  Six Pixels of Separation”. I’m speaking at a breakout session on “Legal Issues for a Digital World” . I’ll be commenting on issues including copyright, cloud computing, the Streisand effect, and social media and privacy.    There … Continue reading Fanshawe eMarketing Conference – legal issues

Wikipedia uses me as a source – reliable?

I just noticed that the Wikipedia entry on the Streisand Effect links to a London Free Press article I wrote on the subject as the first footnote. So does this advance the notion that Wikipedia is unreliable because it uses dubious sources, or the notion that it is reliable because it uses authoritative sources?   I’m … Continue reading Wikipedia uses me as a source – reliable?

Case clarifies tests for ‘fair comment’

For the London Free Press – July 28, 2008 Read this on Canoe A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision concerning a libel suit against a radio host referred to the changing attitudes surrounding public comment and defamation in today’s modern and technologically savvy society. In WIC Radio Ltd. v. Simpson, the court recognized that … Continue reading Case clarifies tests for ‘fair comment’

SCC comments on blogging

Slaw has a post that has a quote from a just released Supreme Court of Canada case where the decision refers to blogging.  The context is a libel case where the judge talks about the “astounding quantity and variety of commentaries on issues of public interest, ranging from political debate in the House of Commons, … Continue reading SCC comments on blogging