Memes and Misappropriation: Navigating the Wild West of Social Media

Thanks to PhotoShop, meme generators and social media, company logos and individual photos can quickly be manipulated, parodied and distributed, with serious implications for the brand or the professional. What do you do if your company, client or CEO becomes the target of online jokes or insults? What are your tactical options, what are your legal options, and what are the ramifications of each? Our panel will discuss real-world examples and provide options for dealing with parodies, social media hijackers and other challenges in unregulated cyberspace.

Panelists will include:

  • Christopher Terry, a lecturer in the Department of Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Christopher is an expert in administrative law and he teaches courses in media law, media operations and advertising regulation.
  • Attorney Hillary Wucherer, who practices in Quarles & Brady’s Intellectual Property Group, with an emphasis on trademark law. She represents clients in trademark oppositions and cancellations and also counsels clients on copyright, licensing, marketing, promotions, domain name, and social media issues.
  • Maggie Avram, who is the Manager of Social Media and Content Integration for Laughlin Constable. In this role, her responsibilities include social media strategy, social community management, blog development and management, social content development and copywriting.
  • Attorney Daniel Kattman, who practices at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., works with clients to ensure that their presence on the Internet supports their business without interruption or liability. This work often involves negotiating agreements with website developers, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) companies, resolving domain name disputes through the WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization), assisting clients with website terms and conditions, website privacy policies and implementing social media practices and policies.

Coming to the June meeting? We’ll be collecting hand sanitizer to donate to Repairers of the Breach Homeless Day Shelter as part of our ongoing community service project with them.

This event is being sponsored by:

Laughlin Constable Logo (Large)   BJ Logo

When: June 17, 2015

Time: 11:30 networking/registration, 12-1:30 luncheon

Where: Potawatomi, 1721 W Canal St. Please use the free valet parking to avoid having to walk through the casino


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