Speaking at BlogOrlando: Legal Issues Session
BlogOrlando’s Legal Issues session will give us an opportunity to cover some important areas, such as whether bloggers are considered journalists and if so, what legal protections they may have; libel & slander (and the role of satire); how to protect against liability regarding blog comments left by other people, and so on. And if there is time, I’ll also talk about what conflict management approaches, short of using cease and desist letters or initiating other legal action, may be open to bloggers.
In other words, this session will provide basic information that ultimately will help bloggers avoid some mine fields and allow them to focus on what they really enjoy doing — communicating and interacting with our readers and others in the community.
Here’s a brief list of some helpful sites to know about:
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
- Media Bloggers Association
- The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
- Stanford Law School for Internet and Society
And these lists of blogs, compiled by 3L Epiphany, are also good information sources and commentary to keep on hand:
- Media Law blogs
- Internet Law blogs
- General Intellectual Property Law blogs
- Technology and the Law blogs