You Made This? I Made This. Copyright And Social Media

The Law
Social media has transformed how we communicate by providing instant information to publish and publicize almost anything. And with social media comes lots and lots of content. But can you use that content? And should you use that content?

With millions of pieces of content being generated daily, it can be tempting to share everything from memes to hit songs. But, as The Fat Jew and Michelle Phan learned the hard way, you could be accused of stealing someone else’s work or even hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

We’ll gather some of the top content creators and copyright lawyers for a candid and valuable discussion on copyright pitfalls, dos and don’ts, and guidelines for what and when you can and should share on social media.

Join us at General Assembly in Santa Monica on February 21, 2017 at 6:30PM and hear from industry experts about best practices when it comes to “using” other pieces of art, content, lyrics, music, etc.

RSVP today and make sure you CYA in 2017:

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January 2017 Happy Hour & Networking!

Social Media Club LA ended 2016 with a fabulous celebration — now, please join us as we welcome new members, new friends and a new Board of Directors with a happy hour to kick off the new year!


Spice Affair front entranceWe’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming soon but for now, let’s do what we do best: get SOCIAL! On Tuesday, January 17, meet us at Spice Affair for drink specials and networking! Because who doesn’t need to start the professional New Year off right with some cocktails and meeting your next potential job.

We want to see faces old and new, and hear about your predictions, goals and challenges for 2017. Don’t forget to bring your business cards — you never know who you’ll meet at an SMCLA mixer! Networking can be fun and we know how to make it that way. Come ready to consume and ready to meet’n’greet. Find your next opportunity at this event and make 2017 a year worth remembering!

We can’t wait to see you!

EVERYTHING ABOUT SNAPCHAT (But were afraid to ask)

snapchat-november-2016Snapchat is taking the social media world by storm… and not just for people under 25 years old. Now “old” people (above 30 years old) are seeing the fun-ness and cool-ness of Snapchat. Heck, with all the filters, stuff disappearing, and Lewis Hamilton coming on board, what’s not to love about this platform?!?

Well, there’s a lot, but knowing the nuances of the platform and being able to do the cool stuff makes Snapchat much easier to use and really fun too.

Come out November 29 at 6:30PM to General Assembly in Santa Monica, Ca and hear from a panel of folks that are crushing it on Snapchat. Also, come by for the Snapchat info sessions that will be happening before the panel starts. Want to learn how to use the googlie eye filter? Wonder no more… attend this #SMCLA event and have the mystery of Snapchat peel away. Before it’s all over, you will be Snapping like a teenager. And if you’re a teenager, you’ll have the satisfaction of teaching an old person something new. Win-Win!

Justin Wu – Hackapreneur @hackapreneur
Gaby Dalkin – What’s Gaby Cooking @whatsgabycookin
Taylor Nikolai – Snapchat Influencer @TaylorNikolai
Sarah Peretz – Snapchat Influencer @SarahPeretz

Lia Haberman – Social Lead, Livestrong @liahaberman

WHEN: November 29, 2016

WHERE: General Assembly, 1520 2nd Street, Santa Monica, Ca (Park across the street in the HUGE garage. First 1.5 hours FREE, then $1 every 30 minutes after… usually, doesn’t hurt to check yourself however)

WHAT: All About Snapchat


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Are eSports The Future?

Are eSports the Future?Whether or not you agree that eSports should be considered a “sport” or not, it is clear they are here to stay. 20 million people watched the recent Call Of Duty Championships, a tournament in which $2m in prizes were given away to competing teams! So what is this craze that’s captured the attention of a worldwide audience and how can we, as marketers, get in the game?


Date/Time: Tuesday, October 18 – 6:30 PM      


  • Kyle Stallock, Lead eSports Strategist at Edelman
  • Cat Valdes, AKA “Catrific,” Vlogger & co-founder of Summoners Con.
  • Adam Welker, Director of Interactive Entertainment & eSports, APA Agency
  • More TBA!


  • Clint Schaff, VP Strategy and Development, Los Angeles Times (Advertising)


Location:  General Assembly, 1520 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA (This is our new monthly meeting place moving forward and until further notice)

Give General Assembly a shout-out on the social channels. They are great!
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Parking: Free for first 90 minutes, $1 per half hour after just across the street in the mall parking garage. READ the signs to make sure you’re entering the correct lot for the free 90 minutes and $1 rate.

Members Only Resume Workshop!

Members Only Resume Workshop!

This is a MEMBERS ONLY workshop

Our upcoming workshop at the General Assembly in Santa Monica is this Saturday, September 17 from 11am-1pm!

Whether you’re in the middle of the job search or just in the mood for a resumé refresher, it’s never too late to whip your resumé into shape. We’ll also have a photographer to take FREE professional headshots for your LinkedIn (and other platforms), and a light breakfast.

Join us and meet recruiters, career experts, and hiring managers who will help to critique your resumé and give valuable job search advice. We’ll also be raffling off a gift certificate good for organization services (a $250 value) by Kari Jane. As a member, you’ll also get to enjoy discounts on General Assembly classes – some will even be free!

Not yet a member? Visit to join. When you sign up, please forward your confirmation email to and we’ll send you the RSVP link. If you have questions or need help, please let us know at that email address.

See you there!