29 Dec '11, 9pm

Social media: Do you know the legal lines?

LONDON - More than half of Facebook and Twitter users could be routinely risking prosecution, according to research exposing mass ignorance of basic legal dangers among Internet enthusiasts. Legal experts warned of an alarmingly poor grasp of the law in areas such as libel, invasion of privacy, copyright, music piracy and even incitement to violence among regular users of popular social networking sites. Lawyers said that large numbers of people are risking fines and even prison sentences - often unwittingly - for actions as simple as posting a short message or video online. It follows a study which showed that only around 44 per cent of regular Internet users were able to identify a series of legal pitfalls faced by those who regularly post on blogs and social networks or use sites such as YouTube and eBay. It found that, even in the wake of the summer riots, as many as a...

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