Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Online Legalities

This morning I noticed that John Hawkins has a great interview posted with Ron Coleman, a lawyer that has represented quite a few bloggers in court.

He discusses some very poignant tings for all of us out there blogging...like the most 'actionable' thing bloggers are doing:

"But, if there is any single problem that seems to consistently be out there, it's copyright infringement regarding the use of photographs from news services."

He also talks about how to avoid this, about online threats and slander, email and privacy issues. Read the whole thing.

Then I noticed another article concerning online rights: FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content


"...There’s a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts that reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine would all-but destroy the industry due to equal time constraints. But speech limits might not stop at radio. They could even be extended to include the Internet and “government dictating content policy.”

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell raised that as a possibility after talking with bloggers at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. McDowell spoke about a recent FCC vote to bar Comcast from engaging in certain Internet practices – expanding the federal agency’s oversight of Internet networks..." (Read the entire article)

This is an issue that will effect ALL of us -Bloggers, non-Bloggers, and lurkers alike...

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