Current Issues in Social Media Law 2023

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A look at challenging new legal questions in the world of social media 

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Last Kick at the Can Series 2023
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Wednesday, December 20, 2023

(Original webinar date: June 22, 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.

Course Instructors
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

Last Kick at the Can 2023
Rebroadcast $254
Rebroadcast Articled Student $127

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