LEGAL ISSUE: COPYRIGHTS
THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN SOCIAL MEDIA AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Social media gives all of us the ability to share content with the click of a mouse. We “like,” “retweet,” and “re-pin” messages and images without batting an eye. Social media platforms give us the ability to easily re-post, save and/or share other people’s content. The ease with which we may do so allows us to forget about the possible legal implications of what you do on social media.

Copyright is a federal law that protects original works of authorship. A work of authorship includes literary, written, dramatic, artistic, musical, and certain other types of work. Once material is copyright, it comes with a host of exclusive rights that allow the owner to do or authorize a number of things including the ability to: (1) reproduce the copyrighted work; (2) display the copyrighted work publicly; (3) prepare derivative works based on the copyrighted work; and (4) distribute copies of the copyrighted work for the public by sale, rental or lending, and/or displaying the image.

LEGAL ISSUE: GOVERNMENTAL IMMUNITY
POOLS, PARKS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS: YOUR DUTY TO EVALUATE HAZARDS TO PARTICIPATE JUST GOT MUCH BROADER
by Ronald S. Stadler, Esq. and Jonathan E. Sacks, Esq. of Mallery & Zimmerman

Recently a case was decided by the WI Supreme Court expanding the known danger exception to governmental immunity.

Any time a municipality is sued for negligence, the first line of defense is the immunity provided for in Section 893.80 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 893.80 provides that municipalities are immune from liability, with some exceptions, whenever it is alleged that the liability stems from the negligent performance of discretionary tasks by the municipality’s employees and agents. Generally speaking, this immunity has been attributed to a multitude of situations—from slip and falls in government buildings, to the negligent provision of advice regarding retirement benefits.

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