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

2018 Tips for Entrepreneurs (by someone who’s been one for 30 years)

It’s a new year and I have a good feeling that 2018 is going to be an exciting and prosperous one for all of us. For those of you doing business online, I invite you to take a close look at these business/legal tips that will help keep you safe and avoid legal problems over the course of the upcoming year.

First, please make sure to keep your business efforts and liabilities (yes, doing business creates liability) separate from your personal life and assets. What this means is that you must do business as a Limited Liability Company or Corporation and not as an individual, sole proprietor, or in a partnership (I hate partnerships- too much liability).

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2017 ABA Top 25 Legal Twitter Accounts!

Honored to me included as one of the top 25 legal Twitter accounts to follow in 2017!

Take a look at the American Bar Association’s 2017 ABA Journal 100 Web Best Law 25 Twitter List, blogs and more.

If you’re interested in law, business, social media, livestreaming, community service, technology, life skills, politics and sports, then connect with Mitch on Twitter @mitchjackson

23+ Legal and Business Livestreaming Tips To Keep You Safe on Social Media!

Earlier today I joined Jennifer Quinn, author of “Leverage Livestreaming To Build Your Brand,” and we engaged in a rapid-fire back and forth covering 23+ legal tips to help livestreamers safely do business on the social media platforms.

Click here or on the image below to watch the video. Enjoy and reach out with any questions!


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How To Legally Use Other People’s Copyrighted Material

Despite the title, it’s essential for me to start off this post with the same advice I give my clients. It’s as follows:

If you didn’t create the content you want to use, don’t use it without the express written permission of the creator or legal rights holder.

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