3 Legal Situations That Call For a Social Media Attorney ASAP

Many legal situations can be handled without hiring a social media attorney, such as writing simple website terms and conditions or partnering up 🤝 with another YouTuber.

However, some legal issues are much more difficult to handle on your own, and could even be detrimental to your business and personal life if you fail to hire professional help.

Therefore, if you find yourself in one of these situations or ANY situation in which you feel unable to manage on your own, do NOT 🙅‍♂️ hesitate to call a social media lawyer. 

Even after one consultation, you will feel more capable of and at ease about solving the legal problem you’re facing – whatever it may be.

1. You’ve received a DMCA counter notification in response to your takedown notice

If you receive a counter notification after filing a DMCA takedown notice, you have two choices: either take no action or take the matter to court 🏛️.

On one hand, if you take no action, the flagged material will be reinstated after 10 days. In other words, if you do nothing after receiving a counter notice, you are technically allowing the infringed material to remain online.

While some people may want to end 🛑 the DMCA process here, others will choose the second option and go to court.

Unfortunately, this is often a time-consuming and expensive process, and therefore copyright holders are NOT recommended to deal with these matters on their own.

Instead, the next step for a copyright holder who has received a counter notification is to consult a social media attorney. We can help you assess the potential damages 💸 you’d collect from a court case and ultimately determine whether your case is worth litigation.

2. You have privacy concerns

Whenever you have concerns about your business’ or personal privacy, it is imperative that you contact a social media lawyer as soon as possible.

Believe it or not, many social media influencers and content creators are unaware of just how much of their personal information is available on the Internet! Therefore, when they feel uncomfortable about a privacy matter, chances are it’s worse than they even realize 😨.

First of all, it’s important to take into consideration the privacy of your followers and website visitors. For example, you should be educated on consumer privacy laws such as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), among others.

If you are unsure whether your social media pages and website 💻 adhere to the necessary privacy laws, be sure to speak with a lawyer ASAP.

Additionally, you have to be extremely cognizant and detail-oriented about your own privacy as well as that of your family and friends.

For example, be sure to NEVER ❌ post personal information online that could alert hackers of your potential passwords. Furthermore, all of your passwords should be randomly generated and protected with two factor authentication.

Protecting your personal privacy as well as your friends’ and family’s can be a huge responsibility to bear alone. Therefore, I always recommend meeting with a social media attorney to determine how you can improve 👍 privacy protections all around.

3. You’re considering working with an MCN

Multi-channel networks (MCNs) are companies that work with YouTubers to increase views, subscriber counts, and overall channel popularity 📈. Plus, MCNs provide content creators with advertising, promotion, brand deals, graphic design, and access to free apps!

In return, MCNs often take 20-40% of the channel’s revenue, including a cut of any brand deals that they help acquire.

While this may seem like a huge chunk of change 💰, MCNs are sometimes worth the money. However, these types of partnerships can also be extremely dangerous. In fact, some MCNs are notorious for stealing from creators.

For example, back in 2018, an MCN named Defy Media mysteriously disappeared, taking a lot of creators’ money along with them. Unfortunately, they’re not the only MCN with a reputation for ghosting 👻 their partners.

Therefore, I always recommend that any YouTuber considering working with an MCN – even if they’ve worked with one before AND it’s a reputable company – consult a social media attorney FIRST. 

Even if your MCN doesn’t ghost you, mishandling your partnership could mean lengthy contracts that result in a loss of revenue 📉 and a LOT of pressure. 

By hiring a social media lawyer to assess your current situation and your potential new contract, you can be confident that you’re making a good deal while being protected from illegal activity.

At the end of the day, it’s always reassuring 👌 to know you have a legal professional on your side and ready to represent you in court, if needed.