FTC Releases Names of 21 Instagram Warning Letter Recipients

I recently wrote about an Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announcement in early September that 21 Instagram influencers were sent warning letters for their failure to properly disclose paid promotional posts they released from their Instagram accounts. The warning letters served as a follow-up to educational letters sent to over 90 social media influencers and brands back in…

FTC Settles Complaint Against ‘Let’s Play’ YouTube Stars, Sends Warning Letters To Other Influencers And Demands Responses

[Excerpt from my guest post over at Tubefilter.com] The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced Thursday they have reached a proposed settlement of charges against two popular YouTubers, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, for failure to properly disclose ownership interests in the online gambling service CSGO Lotto following endorsements made in a series of YouTube videos and tweets. This is the…

YouTubers Ethan And Hila Klein Win Copyright Case, Court Says h3h3Productions’ Use Of Video Is Fair Use

[Excerpt from my guest post over at Tubefilter.com] YouTubers rejoice! A New York judge handed down an important decision in favor of fair use on Wednesday. The high profile case between Ethan and Hila Klein (the husband-and-wife duo behind popular YouTube channel h3h3productions and it’s over 4.6 million subscribers) and Matt “Hoss” Hosseinzadeh (who posts videos on YouTube…

Watch Now: I joined a VidCon copyright panel!

At the end of June, I had the pleasure of joining a legal panel at the 8th Annual VidCon in Anaheim, CA. Never heard of VidCon? You’re missing out! Explaining VidCon is simple: it’s an annual convention for online video. However, truly understanding VidCon requires an immersion in all things online video and the online influencers culture. Can…

The Law of YouTubers: The Next Generation of Creators and the Legal Issues They Face

This article was first published in the ABA’s Landslide® Magazine May/June 2017 issue (Volume 9, Number 5). Co-written by Franklin Graves & Michael Lee (@GeekAttorney). It’s undeniable that, by generating billions of daily views and hundreds of millions of hours in watch time over the course of a single day, YouTube is the go-to destination…

What Is a Career in Entertainment Law?

I recently participated in a rapid-fire Q&A webinar hosted by the American Bar Association’s Legal Career Central. I joined my Nashville-based colleague and law school friend Molly Shehan to provide insights about what it’s like to be an attorney practicing “entertainment law.” I approached the session from the in-house lawyer perspective while Molly provided a…