Is It Legal to Print Social Stories From Other People?

The legality of printing other peoples' social stories depends on the accuracy of the information, the nature of the information and the publisher's intent, according to the Digital Media Law Project. Possible legal claims include defamation, false light, publishing private facts, and misappropriation or violation of the right to publicity.

The legality of reposting a social media post depends on whether the repost constitutes fair use or infringement, explains ColoradoBiz. Original works of authorship receive copyright protection, but fair use is a complete defense to infringement claims. Adhering to a social media platform's terms of use and policy on reposting content helps to minimize potential legal trouble.