Twitter versus New York

New York State has sent a subpoena to Twitter requiring them to turn over the user information and past tweets of Malcolm Harris, but Twitter is contesting the subpoena and fighting for Harris’s right to privacy. Harris was arrested in relation to an Occupy Wall Street protest in October 2011 and allegedly tweeted during the […]

Who owns your Twitter?

Over the past few years, social media has become much more than a personal endeavor. Companies use social media such as Twitter both to advertise to existing customers and to attract new ones. Individuals tweet on behalf of the company But the legal question of when an employee’s tweets become company property is one that […]

Careful what you Tweet: Twitter and Defamation

Careful what you tweet, you could be on the wrong side of a lawsuit.  Cournty Love settled for $430,000  a lawsuit brought against her by Dawn Simorangkir, a fashion designer who claims that Love defamed her in a series of messages on Twitter last year. Now a NBA referee is seeing if he can recover […]

Taxing the Twitter

Recently, San Francisco passed this ordinance, limiting the amount of payroll tax on stock based compensation.  San Francisco Supervisor, Ross Mirkarimi, published this op ed piece calling for an expansion of the tax breaks given to Twitter to other San Francisco companies for stock options, but limiting the overall breaks for payroll taxes. In summary, […]