Someone Is Using Your Profile Picture, Bio, and Content On Social Media. What Can You Do About It?

Earlier today a good friend, Professor Niklas Myhr aka “The Social Media Professor” of Chapman University, reached out to me about his social media profile picture, bio, and content, being used to impersonate him. He was looking for thoughts, ideas and legal solutions to help fix the problem (because this is a problem we all face, Professor Myhr gave me permission to use his name in this post).

I don’t think Professor Myhr (follow him on Twitter) is very happy about his identity being used by someone else. I say this with confidence because I know exactly how he feels. Over the years, my profile picture and bio have also been used by scammers to misrepresent who they are. Because this is a problem that seems to be getting worse, I’m sharing a few legal tips you can use if this happens to you.

Before I go forward, please understand that while I am a really good (and very humble) California lawyer, I’m not your lawyer. No legal advice is being given in this post. What I am trying to do is share concepts, approaches, and resources you can use to protect yourself.

General

Social media profile theft (SMPT) comes in all shapes and sizes. For purposes of this post, I will be referring to two types of SMPT which include:

(1) recreational SMPT and

(2) criminal SMPT.

Recreational SMPT usually involves people who are bored and seeking attention. Some are nasty individuals using online anonymity to disrupt other people’s lives. They show up, set up their SMPT and see what happens.

Criminal SMPT uses the same approaches to defraud and commit crimes. They are trying to scam money from unsuspecting victims or establish relationships using false facts and fraud.

Regardless of the motives of criminal SMPT, the perpetrators are cruel, hateful and usually exhibit an intent to destroying reputations, businesses and promote a criminal enterprise.

Both kinds of SMPT can be slowed down and often completely stopped using these approaches and techniques.

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21 Clauses That Should Be In Every Influencer Marketing Contract (Podcast Interview)

I enjoyed sharing important legal tips with Tyler Anderson, CEO of Casual Fridays, on this week’s Social Media Social Hour #podcast.

If you’re a brand, social media agency, or influencer, then you’re going to want to listen and take notes. FYI, this episode was shared around the world once it dropped last Thursday!

The title of our episode is, “Influencer Marketing Contracts: 21 Clauses That Should Be Included In Every Contract” and you can listen right now by clicking here! 

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Related Post:  Social Media Influencer Liability

What’s Your ‘Why’ on Social Media?

Towards the end of 2017 I shared this little rant with my LegalMinds Mastermind. Today, I’m sharing it with you.

I believe there’s a right and wrong way to build your social media brand and business. This is especially true if you’re a professional.

With this in mind, this video shares one of the most important messages I’ve posted in years. I hope my short rant will help you find success in 2018!

If you’re interested, here’s a bit more about my LegalMinds Mastermind

I created my cutting-edge mastermind community for professionals. It’s a global community that revolves around giving and helping others. At the same time, it’s designed to show members how to embrace and tap into the power of social media to expand their brand and top-of-mind awareness from local to global.

Depending on the membership plan you select, members get:

  • Private Consulting
  • Private 24/7 membership website
  • Exclusive email updates and content on practice development and entrepreneural digital tips, approaches and news
  • Weekly Live Video Conference (group) for all members with Q&A (recorded for 24/7 viewing)
  • Private 24/7 Facebook Group updates, resources, and networking
  • Immediate access to all content
  • Immediate membership in a trusted global community
  • Legal and business networking
  • Ongoing accountability and much more!

    If you’d like to learn more about my LegalMinds Mastermind, click here.

 

Settlement Agreements For Online Business Owners

“A bad settlement is better than a good verdict any day of the week.” -Judge (retired)

During my legal career, I’ve participated in thousands of settlements. Some were small, and others involved millions of dollars. In all cases, the agreements my clients and I negotiated and agreed to were immediately documented in writing.

We do this because the last thing you want after a settlement is a difference of opinion as to what was agreed to or, one party experiencing a case of “buyers remorse.” Believe it or not, this happens all the time.

Online Business Owners

I believe for all the same reasons, and then some, online business owners should do the same thing and quickly document the resolution of all of their disputes and settlements.

I was recently contacted by a relatively well-known online business owner and influencer who’s picture was being used on social media without his consent. He had called out the company using his image and thought he had worked out a settlement for the intellectual property rights violations.

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Let’s Connect at These Two Upcoming Legal Conferences!

I”ll be speaking at two upcoming conferences. Will you be at one or both of them? If so, please reach out and let’s put some time aside!

Internet Domination Bootcamp in South Carolina (March 1-2 2018)

American Bar Association TechShow in Chicago (March 7-10)

If you’d like me to speak at your conference in 2018-19, please click here.

 

How To Stop Unsolicited Robo Calls

Very few things bother me as much as unsolicited calls also known as robo calls. Apparently, I’m not alone because the Federal Communications Commission reports robo and scam calls topping the list of consumer complaints.

As a lawyer, I’m here to tell you that most unsolicited robo calls to your smartphone are illegal and most to your home phone are illegal too. Robo calls like appointment reminders from your doctor’s office are usually legal and as such, not referenced in this post.

While you may have certain civil and criminal rights against robo callers, prosecuting those rights is expensive, timely and difficult. Detecting and blocking robo calls is an easier path to take and here are some of my favorite tools I share with clients to help them do just that.

Best Practices

Spoofing caller ID helps robo callers trick you into thinking long distance or foreign calls are local. As such, it’s best not to answer an incoming from an unknown number. Let it go to voice mail and check later. If you can, set up voice-mail transcription to save time.

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