- Do you own the comments people leave on your blog?
- Will Creative Commons work for your online novel?
- What if you get a cease-and-desist letter from a lawyer?
If you've ever wondered about your legal rights as a blogger--or even what you can get away with--help is at hand. I just posted audio interviews with Wendy Seltzer, Special Projects Coordinator with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Lauren Gelman, Associate Director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, as a teaser to their BlogHer Con session July 30 with moderator Jennifer Collins.
This is only an introduction -- please visit BlogHer.org and add questions for their conversation on July 30. Seltzer helped write the EFF's new Legal Guide for Bloggers and Gelman wrote the bloggers' amicus brief in Apple v. Does -- they are, in other words, at the epicenter of ongoing legal efforts to protect First Amendment rights for U.S. bloggers...
Sample quote: "Being aware of your rights doesn't mean you won't face a lawyer letter but it means that you can know when you might want to stand up to that lawyer letter. When you might want to call EFF and see if some pro bono counsel will be willing to help you stand up to these threats and resist the chill if what you're doing is ultimately lawful."
Sample quote: " I think anonymous sources are extremely important and it's going to be a big question that's going to evolve over the next year, even beyond this particular case, as to how they're going to be treated. Not just by mainstream pubs but also by the independent journalist who's taking advantage of blog technology to be able to publish to the same audience that all other sorts of mainstream publications have."