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Attorneys and Students to Learn Side by Side in New Social Media Law Course

Dr. Kevin Qualls' course, "Media Law Essentials For Business Leaders," will be originating from the Paducah Murray State University campus.

Social media has transformed in the last twenty years from a personal networking platform to an extension of many businesses, ranging from small companies to international corporations. As more professional institutions incorporate social media in their business strategies, the question of how to regulate social media usage becomes increasingly important. MSU professor, Dr. Kevin Qualls, visits Sounds Good to discuss his new course over this trend, "Media Law Essentials for Business Leaders."

The first notable social media site was established in 1997, and online interpersonal platforms have since undergone several significant changes. With more businesses utilizing social media for public outreach and exposure, a new necessity for legal guidelines regarding ethical social media conduct has been created. Legalities such as copyright infringement, defamation, and others normally reserved for publishers (text, audio, etc.), have now come to include businesses publishing content to social media platforms. 

Dr. Kevin Qualls will be offering a new course at Murray State University, originating from the Paducah campus and expanding to any campus with ITV operations, covering laws pertaining to social media usage. Primarily, the course will focus on the ethical considerations of using others' intellectual property and images. Awareness of social media etiquette, employee and employer social media usage regulations, and other similar learning opportunities will also be presented. 

Dr. Qualls' course is open to any student or business leader looking to learn more about social media law, and it is also offered to attorneys for CLE credit. The class will meet Thursdays from 2 to 5 in the afternoon, with CLE opportunities taught by Qualls and other area attorneys from 4 pm to 5 pm. Attorneys, those pursuing an MBA, PR degree, finance degree, or those interested in educating themselves and their business in social media legalities, are all welcome to enroll. 

For more information about Dr. Qualls' new course, or any other courses at Murray State University, visit the Murray State website

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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