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Working at Facebook


Working at Facebook

The article below examines not only how to get a job at Facebook, but also what life is like at a very large social media provider.

Glassdoor.com: Want to Work at Facebook? How to Get Hired & Succeed


Property Interests in Digital Assets: The Rise of Digital Feudalism

Natalie Banta


Property Interests in Digital Assets: The Rise of Digital Feudalism


The emergence of digital assets has created a host of new legal questions regarding their status as a property interest. Digital assets consist of intangible interests like e-mail accounts, social media accounts, reward points, and electronic media. These assets seem like a property interest, but because digital assets are a creature of contract, private contracts determine whether an owner can use, sell, transfer, exclude, donate, or dispose of the asset in a testamentary instrument. These digital asset contracts often take an unprecedented step of prohibiting or severely limiting the transfer of digital assets after death. By unilaterally eviscerating a long cherished right of property — the right to devise — these contracts create digital assets that are more akin to a license or tenancy instead of a fee simple absolute. Contractual terms controlling digital assets create a system this Article calls “digital feudalism,” characterized by absolutism, hierarchy, and a concentration of power. This Article examines property interests imbued in digital assets, namely the rights to use, control, exclude, and transfer. It analyzes digital assets under the labor, utilitarian, and personhood theories to justify their existence as a form of property. As a form of property, this Article argues that property law protects an individual’s rights to her digital assets — rights like testamentary disposition that cannot be contracted away. Property law has always mirrored society’s decisions about how to control and allocate resources and our treatment of digital assets are no different. Digital assets themselves function so similarly to property that we must apply traditional property law principles to ensure that our rights over digital assets do not regress into an anti-democratic and archaic form of feudalism in a technologically driven future.

Judge places Wis. ordinance on augmented-reality games on hold

Texas Ropen

Judge places Wis. ordinance on augmented-reality games on hold

US District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County from requiring special-use permits for augmented-reality developers whose games are played in the county’s parks. The preliminary injunction prevents enforcement of the law until the issue has gone to trial, which could happen in April.

Tweeting an Apology Note with Edits


Tweeting an Apology Note with Edits

Here is an interesting story from the Washington Post that discusses how a college student received a semester long suspension, which he is currently appealing, for editing his ex-girlfriend’s apology note and then tweeting the note.  I struggle to see how his tweet constitutes cyberbullying or violates Title IX.

WashPo.com: A student graded his ex’s apology note — ‘D minus’ — then tweeted it. He got suspended.

Judge’s Retweet Does not Lead to Recusal


Judge’s Retweet Does not Lead to Recusal

A federal appeals court has refused to order the retroactive recusal of a federal judge accused of retweeting a news story about a case after he denied a motion…

ABA JOURNAL.com: Alleged retweet by judge doesn’t warrant retroactive recusal, 9th Circuit rules

Trademarking Hashtags


Naveen Kumar

University of Memphis


Liangfei Qiu

University of Florida – Warrington College of Business Administration




Subodha Kumar

Texas A&M University – Mays Business School

A Hashtag is Worth a Thousand Words: An Empirical Investigation of Social Media Strategies in Trademarking Hashtags


Firms of all sizes are trying to “join the conversation” on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, and are increasingly trademarking hashtags related to their products and brands. This new practice of trademarking hashtags has produced an important opportunity for empirical investigation. Trademarking hashtags can be a double-edged sword for firms that want their posts to go viral but also want to protect their brand reputation by restricting the use of their material. This study examines the impact of trademarking a hashtag on a firm’s social media audience engagement. By adopting multiple causal identification strategies to address the issues of self-selected trademarking, we find that trademarking hashtags plays a pivotal role in increasing social media audience engagement and information dissemination. More importantly, this positive effect is stronger for firms with fewer Twitter followers. We also dig deeper into the underlying mechanisms and find that trademarking hashtags makes writing tweets with certain linguistic styles more critical. More specifically, trademarking hashtags can amplify both the contemporaneous and lagged effects of writing tweets with desirable linguistic styles on social media audience engagement. Our findings have direct managerial implications: To maximize the effectiveness of trademarking hashtags, firms should develop the right social media engagement strategies by taking specific communication and linguistic styles into account.

More Bad News for Backpage.com


WashingtonPost.com: Backpage has always claimed it doesn’t control sex-related ads. New documents show otherwise