Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Bloggers beware

Those who blog must be aware of the potential free speech and copyright disasters that lurk on every (virtual) corner as a result of their activities. I want to share a couple of resources I feel are valuable in understanding the law and protecting yourself.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) founded in 1990, confronts cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights. Their website states they have "championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights." They provide a Legal Guide for Bloggers with extensive information and links to further assistance. It's an eye-opener. The information is provided in a series of FAQ's that have been divided by category and there's an index as well. The categories include information for students, political campaign bloggers, workplace blogs and adult content blogs.

Another resource I found is Aviva Directory. There I read about 12 Important U.S. Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know. And even more fun were some of the comments to the post! There's lots of controversy - as usual - about copyright, free speech and internet etiquette.

I encourage you to speak freely but be informed and beware!

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