LAW & SOCIAL MEDIA
Ryan M. GarciaUniversity of Texas, AustinSpring 2013, Rm. 3.124 Townes HallFriday 10:30AM–12:30PMOffice: 3.118G Townes HallE-mail:firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Hrs:9:30-10:30 FridayFaculty. Asst:Jolyn Piercy, 3.118Phone:471-4327
Social media has revolutionized how we share, consume, and interact with all forms of digital content. As with any revolution, the changes brought by social media touch on allaspects of our life—including our legal system. This revolution is still in its infancy, butthe growth spurt brought by the explosion of popular social networks and technologieshas forced our legal system to adapt old rules to new methods and create new rules asneeded. This course will discuss the spectrum of legal topics being impacted by socialmedia: from marketing to intellectual property, employment to privacy. You will alsoexplore the role that lawyers in law firms and within organizations face when addressingthese changes and the emerging risks. From Facebook to Pinterest, Foursquare to Quora,we’ll explore how these platforms are changing our application of existing laws. Andfrom the case of Honda Eddie to the decision involving BMW Hot Dogs, we’ll go over the early cases forging a path into this brave new world. By the end of the semester youwill understand the social media legal issues and the methods being used by attorneys toaddress these risks and how to spot the next trouble area when it emerges.
All reading assignments will be posted on the @SoMeDellLawyer twitter account onFriday afternoons for class the following week.By Week 8 please watch the movie Catfish. It is available on Netflix (disc only) andAmazon Instant Video.
20% of your grade will be based on class participation in the form of group research onthat week’s topic.80% of your grade will be a final exam consisting of three essay questions. The exam will be conducted at the law school and you may use any materials you have prepared or assisted in preparing for the final exam.11