Sunday, November 15, 2009

Social Media: Pros and Legal Cons...

This was forwarded to me. I won't be able to attend (I'll be riding), but there are probably more that a few who should attend. It seems like a good (smart) idea. Just because one can say/write anything on the interweb doesn't mean it's okay or proper or legal. The following is the text of an e-mail that was forwarded to me:

The global bicycle industry has proven it is on the cutting edge of harnessing the commercial power of social media to build brands and win customers. Lance Armstrong’s daily “tweets” during the 2009 Tour de France were followed by millions. During Interbike, industry leaders held “tweetups” and provided real-time discussion of new products, reports on seminars, cyclocross and crit race results and thousands of photographs. A critical mass of manufacturers, distributors, bike shops and advocacy organizations are all finding social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr useful to spread the word about their products and causes. However, social media also poses legal risks. Defamatory statements, trademark infringement, passing off, profile hijacking, rogue employees and false advertising by violating the FTC’s new rules relating to truth in blogging are just some of the issues bicycle companies must now consider when jumping into the stream of social media.

In this one hour webinar discussion, learn the pros and pitfalls of the commercial aspects of social media.

Featured Speakers:

  • Chris Matthews, Global Marketing Integrations Manager, Specialized Bicycles;
  • Carlton Reid, Executive Editor,;
  • Thomas M. Williams, Esq., Partner, Howrey LLP; and
  • Eric T. Fingerhut, Esq., Partner, Howrey LLP/Founder, ICLA.

Instructions for signing up for the webinar appear below. For more information, please contact Eric Fingerhut,, 202-383-6804


Topic: ICLA - Social Media: Pros and Legal Cons
Date: Monday, November 16, 2009
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (GMT -05:00, New York )
Meeting Number: 744 749 576
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Conference toll/international phone number: 1-719-3875595
Attendee access code: 259422

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