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Online social media, including social networks, blogs, and wikis, bring new opportunities for associations to communicate their messages and advance their respective missions. However, using online social media without first considering the potential legal risks can expose the unwary association to potential liability. Although the laws and regulations governing online social media are diverse and still under development, associations should understand the likely and known legal traps that can snare them when using online social media. This seminar will help associations navigate the legal pitfalls of using online social media by considering the key legal issues and providing guidance that associations can use to minimize the related liability risks. This guidance will address employee guidelines, user agreements, disclaimers, licenses, and other risk allocation strategies. Related topics that also will be discussed include employment issues; defamation or other accusations of bad behavior; copyright and trademark protection and infringement; and privacy concerns.