Social Media Intrudes Into Prenups

businessinsider-screen shot 2014-06-05 at 8.33.07 amNew Prenup Trend: a Social Media Clause
More couples are drawing up contracts dictating online behavior

‘Couples Are Signing ‘Social Media Prenups’ To Prevent Spouses From Posting Unflattering Photos Of Each Other
Couples are signing “social media prenups” before they tie the knot; agreements that state, very clearly, what each spouse is allowed to put online and what consequences will follow if the rules are broken.

‘ABC News talked to Ann-Margaret Carrozza, a New York attorney, who says this is a fairly new development in pre-wedding day logistics.

‘But she says it makes sense, as tons of stuff is put online, and once it’s out there, it’s out there. And it’s not just nude photos, which seems kind of obvious. Even an unflattering bathing suit photo on Instagram or Facebook could be grounds for collecting money from your spouse who posted it.

‘So what, a quarter in the swear jar, so to speak? Not quite.

‘Carrozza says the amount set depends on a person’s wealth. If you make, say, $5 million, you could be forking over $50,000 each time you violate the social media clause…’
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Jurors Using Social Media during Trial a Growing Problem in Palm Beach County
‘Attorney Spencer Kuvin will appear before Judge Janis Keyser tomorrow morning at 8:45 A.M. to present evidence of at least two Jurors who were using social media during his client’s trial, which concluded last month. He will ask the Judge to grant his motion to interview all six Jurors about the evidence he has found. This is the first step in securing a new trial for reasons of Jury misconduct.

‘The most glaring of the social media posts, which Mr. Kuvin will present during oral argument tomorrow:

“taking a nap” – Tweeted during opening arguments in trial
“I wish I wasn’t a U.S. Citizen right now…I could give two [explicative] about jury duty”
“Everyone is so money hungry” – Tweeted prior to closing arguments

‘In all, Mr. Kuvin is presenting 25 Tweets or Facebook messages disseminated by two Jurors before or during Jury selection and trial, despite several explicit warnings by the Judge to resist the temptation of using social media while serving as a Juror, and new Florida Juror Instructions which clearly and plainly state the prohibition. Screenshots of each of the Tweets are included in Mr. Kuvin’s motion, which we have made public here:…’

Who Gets Press Passes?
A new survey looks at how journalists are being credentialed (or not)
‘Freelancers, photographers, and activists all have a harder time getting that laminated press badge than full-time, words-based employees at established news organizations, according to this survey of more than 1,300 journalists.

‘There were 1,339 total respondents, and their answers produced a number of interesting findings. Freelance journalists were more than twice as likely to be denied a credential than a journalist who is a full-time employee of a news organization. Photographers were nearly twice as likely to be denied credentials. Respondents who identified as activists were also more than twice as likely to be rejected when applying for credentials.

‘To learn more about the survey and discuss some of the findings I sat down with Jeff Hermes, the paper’s lead author and director of the Digital Media Law Project. Here’s a lightly edited transcript of our conversation…’


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