Legal implications of Streaming Live via social media

On May 2nd 2015, two smart phone live-streaming apps allowed thousands of people to watch, for free, live streams of “the fight of the century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. The "problem" of copyright infringements became under the spotlight and proved the right to televise sporting events to be one of the most valuable commodities in the broadcasting sector.

Whether you are Streaming Live from home or a public place, for work or fun, it is important to be aware of all the legal implications such as privacy and copyright contents.

We found two interesting articles on legal concerns of using live streaming via social media:

#1 – Meerkat, Periscope, Privacy and the Law: 10 Expert Tips For Legal Live Streaming

This article appeared on InfluencerChat a few months ago. Together with Kerry O’Shea Gorgone, lawyer and podcaster, they tackled some important topics like:

1] Is it legal to Live-stream other individuals’ copyrighted content – including background songs, or streaming at the theatres?

2] Are we allowed to Live stream with a movie or song in the background?

3] When would video recording someone be considered harassment or stalking? Or “criminal peeping?”

4] Taking your picture or streaming a video of you as an attendee at a concert, sports game or conference?

Read the full article

#2 – Legal Ins and Outs of Live Streaming in Public

Now that live streaming is available to anyone in the world with a smartphone - says Sara F. Hawkins, a licensed attorney practicing as a social media lawyer – “the legal concerns are much more relevant to the average person”. In an extensive article, Sara covered key legal concerns you should know when live streaming: Copyright, Location, Privacy and Right of Publicity, Commercial vs Private Use, Disclosure and much more.

Read the full article

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