Jun 14, 2005

Legal Guide for Bloggers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a legal guide for bloggers, giving an introduction on the possible legal issues that bloggers might face when publishing potentially sensitive content on their blogs. Too bad this came a bit too late for AcidFlask though.

Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office.

The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers.

Link via BoingBoing

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