A look at challenging new legal questions in the world of social media
Thursday, June 22, 2023
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
via webinar only
Summer Series 2023
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
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Who should attend: Any lawyers interested in learning about the interaction between social media and the law
Learning level: All levels
This panel of media lawyers will discuss various challenging legal questions that have recently emerged on the social media landscape. The course will be broken down into three main segments, with a roundtable discussion at the end.
The three main segments include:
1. Tort liability on social media
The laws of defamation, privacy, and other traditional torts take on starkly differing features in a social media context: foreign platforms, anonymous publishers, rampant re-publishers, and a trend towards class actions over privacy breaches, to name a few. Social media abuse has also recently ushered in a new tort of harassment or "online harassment" in two provinces and counting. We will explore how the courts have responded to these new and rapidly evolving challenges.
2. Copyright issues on social media
In what circumstances are generative AI tools responsible for copyright infringement? What is "Google Law," and how do social media platforms deal with copyright disputes among users? We will discuss these and other questions as we explore the ways that copyright law interacts with emergent forms of social media.
3. The future of social media through a legal lens
Given ongoing and seemingly accelerating cultural, societal, and technological changes, the one safe prediction about social media is that it will adapt and create new challenges, especially for law and regulation. We will look at what those changes are likely to be, covering subjects as diverse as AI, the emergence of "dark patterns," the persistence of misinformation, and the future of regulation under Canada's newly amended Broadcasting Act.
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 3 hours (this course does not contain professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management). Please note: The CPD hours of the rebroadcast will either meet or exceed the CPD hours of the original live webinar course.
Daniel W. Burnett, KC (he/him) — Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Jon Festinger, KC (he/him) — Whiteboard Law, Vancouver
Rowan Meredith (she/her) — Lawyer, Delta
Register by May 25/23
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