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EMOJIS IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS AND LAW?

CAN YOU EMOJI- INE THIS? 

EMOJIS IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS AND LAW?

As Business Owner/Manager, need you care that your staff utilizes emojis/emoticons in their communications?

In your business and in the law, definitions are often a first premise and need.  Your employees need to know the definitions and contexts behind your communications to them.  In legal contracts and related matters, definitions are critical to keep participants on the same page.

Older readers may remember a former president had a different definition of sex than the media and his opposing party.

As your business and corporate attorney, you may have had to listen about how important definitions are in addressing your situation. 

We can look at photographs, maps, audios, videos, and e-mails.  Text messages are already problematic in business and legal communications due to their difficulties in context, organization, and categorizing.  Worse yet, preparing voluminous texts for trial exhibits is nightmarish.  (TIP: Ask any divorce/custody judge what they think of text messages in court proceedings.) 
 
Have you any idea how difficult and cumbersome it can be to have a judge/jury look at all those pitiful text messages?  Copying in a reproducible format can be an expensive and time-consuming pain.
 
IT GETS EVEN MORE INTRIGUING

NOW we have…

    EMOTICONS? and EMOJIS?

WHAT do they mean? 
 
EMOTICON.    Group of keyboard characters that typically represents a facial expression or suggest an attitude or emotion and that is used especially in computerized communication.

EMOJI.  Any of various small images, symbols, or icon used in text fields in electronic communication to express the emotional attitude of the writer, succinctly convey information, playfully communicate a message without using words, etc.

Texts and other e-mail communications are often part of the discovery required to be produced in civil and criminal litigation.  Without clear definitions of exactly what such pictographs (e.g., emojis and emoticons) mean and without context in the age of brief texts, how are courts to interpret these “cute” renderings?

STAY TUNED . . . 

NEXT TIME:  WHY YOU, AS THE BUSINESS OWNER/MANAGER, MUST HEED THIS CONCERN ABOUT THE EXPANDED USE OF EMOJIS . . . OF COURSE, IF YOU CAN ONLY EMOJI -INE

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