The Intersection Between Copyright and Social Media: May #SMCHI Event


May 2014 Event blog photo

Social media has changed the way we communicate by offering opportunities for every user to publish anything and everything without consideration of existing copyright laws.  With that much content being generated it raises questions about copyright, fair use and intellectual property. At the next Social Media Club Hawaii event, we dive into these questions and discuss how what we post may or may not be copyright infringement. We’ll also present views on terms of use of websites and social media platforms, which is something all social media account holders essentially agree to.  Talk story with some of Hawaii’s experts and practitioners who will provide examples to help explore the issue of copyright.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Location: Fuller Hall, YWCA of Oahu [map]
Time: 5:30pm – 7:45pm
Cost: $15.00 
FREE for Social Media Club members! (discount code will be emailed to you)
Parking: on Richards Street and surrounding area is metered ($1.50/hour), but free after 6:00pm. Parking at ‘Iolani Palace is metered ($1.50/hour), but free after 6:00pm (gate closes at 11:00pm)

Featured Panelists


www.garyhofheimerphotography.comJohn Hart, Communication Chair, Hawaii Pacific University

John Hart, PhD., the Chair and Professor of Communication at Hawai’i Pacific University, is usually only seen in the media when a politician makes a mistake. A self-confessed “late adapter,” Hart has a record collection, flip phone, a VHS player connected to his non-flat screen television and claims to have worked in something called radio. However, he supervises HPU’s Department of Communication well-regarded practicum program, which places students in media-related internships throughout the state and has led the way in developing courses in new and social media at the school. His work in copyright and intellectual property stems from his background in the music industry.  Rolling Stone Senior Writer, David Fricke, considers Hart “a great friend and a superb, much admired educator… for his knowledge of the media and the breadth and quality of his contacts in the music and media industries.” Hart is one of only two residents in Hawai’i to win a CLIO, the Academy Awards of the advertising industry.


Ryan-HewRyan K. Hew, Hawaii Esquire

Ryan K. Hew, is a local attorney that provides transactional and compliance services for small and medium-sized businesses.  Some of the services include: entity formation, corporate governance, contract drafting and review, and licensing and registration with government agencies.  When not working directly with clients, he provides informational resources on the benefits of LLCs and corporations, social media use, contract law,  intellectual property protection, B2B relationships, and the legislative process through seminars and his blog.  When not at his computer, he can be found dining out at the newest restaurant, watching a movie, or taking his dogs for a walk. 


tinamahinaTina Mahina
, Tina Mahina Photography

Tina Mahina  is an accomplished photographer, world traveler and social media practitioner. Her photography has appeared in international, national, and local magazines, most recently on the cover of Alaska Airlines inflight magazine (Jan 2013).  Raised in Hawaii, her geologist background combined with her wanderlust has led her around the globe to more than 150 cities throughout over 20 countries. Tina combines social media and photography into a lifestyle effortlessly. She enjoys providing small businesses with social media photography support, from assisting them with their photography needs to teaching how to capture successful images to support marketing and branding efforts. Tina Mahina’s clients are often small businesses in Hawaii lacking an online presence, and she trains them to create their own authentic voice via social media. From her artistic talents and people skills as a destination wedding and honeymoon photographer to her technical background as a geologist, she loves sharing her island home with the world. Tina Mahina spreads aloha with every shutter click. 





GeneParkGene Park, Civil Beat

Gene Park is currently the engagement editor for Honolulu Civil Beat. A professional journalist since 2003, Park is most currently known for breathing new life into Honolulu’s news landscape with his social media savvy and wit. His Civil Beat responsibilities include managing branded social accounts for the newsroom, coaching staff on social media to improve their journalism outreach, and leading efforts to open the newsroom process to the community, bringing the site’s content closer to its readers. Once ranked as one of Hawaii’s most influential social media personalities, Park will provide a much needed journalistic angle to our evening on copyright.



Ed WHite resizedEd White, Dallas Nagata White Photography

Ed White is the business development and strategy lead for his wife, Dallas Nagata White’s, commercial photography business. Ed facilitates mutually beneficial business arrangements between Dallas and her clients, and stays informed about laws, regulations, and business trends which can affect Dallas or her clients. Ed and Dallas are avid social media users, and have honed their ability to create popular content which appeals to audiences while conveying a cohesive brand narrative. When they’re not taking photographs, Ed and Dallas enjoy participating in Honolulu’s tech and geek community.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGwen Woltz, President Social Media Club Hawaii, Co-founder Wahine Media

Gwen Woltz is a mother, creative, and entrepreneur. She is a transplant to Hawaii of over 12 years, and when she’s not spending her time with her daughter on the beach in Kaa‘awa, she is leading the charge at Wahine Media, a local social media agency. She is the current President of Social Media Club Hawaii, was a finalist for Pacific Edge Magazine’s Young Professional of the Year in 2012,was voted one of Hawaii’s Top 15 Social Media Influencers in 2012,and is a regular instructor of social media at Pacific New Media Outreach College at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.




Tara Coomans, Membership Chair Social Media Club Hawaii, Akamai Marketing

With over 18 years experience in engagement and word of mouth marketing and communications, Tara bring’s a balanced and creative view to her clients as founder and Chief Brainstormer at Akamai Marketing and Captivateprenuer at Go!Captivate. Go!Captivate is a unique marketing incubator which teaches both consultants and businesses to accelerate profits, positioning and purpose a unique step by step system utilizing the 7 Captivation Motivation Triggers. At Akamai Marketing Tara Coomans consults with a select few innovative, collaborative and inspiring organizations a year to create captivating campaigns and social business programs using the 7 Captivation Motivations to help businesses thrive in today’s ever-changing world.  




5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Food & Networking (Food and beverages available to order from Cafe Julia)

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.LiveSift Poll

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Panel Discussions 

Mahalo to our event sponsors!


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