Cayce Myers

Crowdfunding and Public Relations: How Federal Agencies Regulate Online Campaigns

What are the legal limits on raising capital for startups?  Are there legal constraints on promotions for a startup?  Can a for-profit organization raise money on the Internet from unsophisticated investors?  These questions are important for practitioners to know given the changing nature of online capital campaigns. Public relations literature on fundraising has proliferated in […]

China’s New Communication Laws: Three Things PR Practitioners Need to Know

As interest in international public relations increases, knowing the communication laws that affect other countries is all the more important.  Nowhere is this more important than China.  In April 2015 the Chinese government passed new communications laws that will go into effect in September 2015.  These laws represent the latest Chinese effort to protect consumers […]

Knowing When It’s Legally Safe to Say “I’m Sorry”: The Legal Effects of Mortification Strategy

This article is part of research presented at the 2015 International Public Relations Research Conference. For similar research visit IPR’s  Law and Public Relations research section. Public relations practitioners have long known saying “I’m sorry” in a crisis causes negative collateral consequences.  These consequences frequently are lawsuits that use organizational statements of apology, empathy, sympathy, and remorse […]

Is Your Social Media Account Really Yours? Guidelines for PR Practitioners and Organizations to Determine Social Media Ownership

You own your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts right? After all, it’s your pictures, your name, and your connections. However, recent lawsuits show that ownership of social media accounts is not as clear-cut as commonly thought. Organizations increasingly argue they have a proprietary interest not only in social media accounts associated with their businesses, but […]

#Disclosure: New FTC Social Media Guidelines for PR

When discussing the laws and regulations of social media, a common refrain is the law is trying to catch up with the technology.  However, in 2013 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took one step closer to catching up to social media’s rapid development by providing guidelines for what constitutes legally sound disclosure practices on social […]

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Free Speech v. Social Media: Is Your Policy Legal?

Perhaps no group of people possesses more sensitive, important and potentially damaging information about an organization than its employees.  Given this concern over social media image, organizations are crafting social media policies that limit what employees can say about their employers online.  Since PR practitioners are often viewed as social media gurus, crafting these social […]

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Litigation and Public Relations: Four Questions Every Practitioner Should Ask

This is a summary of the research Cayce Myers presented at this year’s International Public Relations Research Conference. Increasingly public relations practitioners are confronted with clients who have not only PR problems, but legal ones as well.  One of the major issues of having a client facing or embroiled in a lawsuit is determining what […]