Social Media Accounts and Ownership Rights


To protect their assets, companies and former employees have sued one another to dispute social media accounts, raising interesting questions including:

  • Who owns business-related social media accounts?
  • Can a follower list constitute a trade secret?
  • Can an employer access, and post to an account having a business purpose?


Haynes and Boone Partner David Bell presented "Social Media Accounts and Ownership Rights" at the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section Meeting on June 21, 2013.

To view the paper and the presentation slides, click on the links below.



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