Media law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You? Conference


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Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You? conference is produced by Harvard Law's Berkman Center and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University.

The Media Law Conference will be held on September 25 at Kennesaw State University and discusses what Lawyers, Journalists, Educators, Citizen Media Producers, Communications Directors, Academics and Publishers, big and small need to know now.

Panelists include the Nation’s and the South’s top Media Law Attorneys, Scholars and Journalists and provides an overview of the new legal landscape, case studies, cautionary tales and how to make the laws work for you.

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Media law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You? Conference

  1. 1. Media Law in the Digital Age<br />The Rules Have Changed<br />Have You?<br />September 25, 2010<br />Organized by<br />Citizen Media Law Project<br />Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University<br /> &<br />Center for Sustainable Journalism<br />Kennesaw State University<br />REGISTER NOW<br /><br />
  2. 2. Safe Harbors: Building and Managing Online Communities<br />Examples from Yelp! and Craigslist in the past few months have tested the scope of protections from Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides immunity to online publishers from many civil claims arising from third-party content.<br />Online publishers are also eligible for the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This summer, Viacom v. YouTube was the most prominent example of an online publisher asserting its immunity from copyright infringement claims arising from third-party content.<br />A healthy online community can encourage discussions and strengthen your ties to your readers. An unhealthy one can be hostile and negative. Learn about the safe harbors that impact your ability to edit comments and manage online users.<br />PANELISTS<br /><ul><li>David Ardia</li></ul>Citizen Media Law Project<br /><ul><li>Joshua Azriel</li></ul>Kennesaw State University<br /><ul><li>Justin Brown</li></ul>Winthrop University<br /><ul><li>G. Patton Hughes</li></ul><br /><ul><li>Amy Sanders</li></ul>University of Minnesota Law School<br />Learn best practices for managing your online communities from the recent examples of Yelp!, Craigslist, and YouTube. <br />
  3. 3. Advertising Law for Online Publishers<br />What do you need know about disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission when you receive free products to review for your blog or website? <br />Since the revised guidelines on compensated product reviews went into effect in December 2009, the FTC has clarified its position for online publishers and has also investigated two companies with respect to their promotional campaigns. <br />Many online publishers rely on advertising to support their work. Get practical advice on legal developments that may impact your use of advertising.<br />PANELISTS<br /><ul><li>Scott Dailard</li></ul>Dow Lohnes PLLC<br /><ul><li>Luther Munford</li></ul>Phelps Dunbar LLP<br /><ul><li>Alison Pepper</li></ul>Interactive Advertising Bureau<br /><ul><li>Tracy Shapiro </li></ul>Federal Trade Commission <br />Learn best practices from recent FTC investigations and find out about other limitations on your use of social networking and online marketing.<br />
  4. 4. Copyright: <br />Using the Work of Others and Licensing Your Own Work<br />PANELISTS<br /><ul><li>Clay Calvert</li></ul>University of Florida<br /><ul><li>Eric Hanson</li></ul>Hunton & Williams LLP<br /><ul><li>Kimberley Isbell</li></ul>Citizen Media Law Project<br /><ul><li>Christopher A. Wiech</li></ul>Troutman Sanders LLP<br />Since March 2010, Righthaven has shaken up independent online publishers around the country by filing over a hundred and twenty copyright infringement lawsuits against those who republished articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.<br />Along similar lines, news aggregation has been a hotly debated topic, particularly where time-sensitive factual information is at stake. <br />Find out about the current state of copyright law for online publishers and learn best practices for minimizing the risk of a copyright infringement lawsuit.<br />Learn about licensing options and how copyright and new challenges under the hot news misappropriation doctrine may impact news production and aggregation.<br />
  5. 5. Newsgathering Law: How to Stay Out of Trouble <br />When You're Gathering Information for a Story<br />In July 2010, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a documentary filmmaker to turn over video footage of interview outtakes in Chevron v. Berlinger. <br />Also in July, a public television station in North Carolina turned over unpublished material to comply with a legislative subpoena, and in the process conceded that it was a state agency. Subsequently, Alcoa, the subject of the investigation at the public television station, filed a public records request for the reporter’s materials.<br />PANELISTS<br /><ul><li>Charles E. Coble </li></ul>Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, <br />Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P.<br /><ul><li>Lesli N. Gaither </li></ul>Dow Lohnes PLLC<br /><ul><li>Toni Locy</li></ul>Washington & Lee University<br /><ul><li>Jim Walls </li></ul><br />These two recent cases have important implications for reporter’s privilege and newsgathering of multimedia content for online publishing. Learn how they affect your ability to protect your sources and newsgathering materials.<br />In addition, learn how to stay within legal boundaries when you are collecting information and taking photos or video.<br />
  6. 6. Exercising Your Right to Know: <br />Getting Access to Government Information<br />The movement towards increased public participation and transparency in government, as exemplified by Gov 2.0 and the Open Government Initiative, are presenting new opportunities for innovative online journalism projects. <br />Improved access to government data online means journalists have new tools to enhance their reporting, while technological innovations provide a platform to engage and inform readers, and ultimately impact policy decisions.<br />Get practical information on how to access the places and information you need for your reporting. <br />PANELISTS<br /><ul><li>Catherine J. Cameron</li></ul>Stetson University College of Law<br /><ul><li>Carolyn Carlson</li></ul>Kennesaw State University<br /><ul><li>HollieManheimer</li></ul>Georgia First Amendment Foundation<br />Get started in thinking about government data tools and resources and learn about your rights under federal and state public records and open meeting laws.<br />
  7. 7. Libel and Privacy: <br />Minimizing the Risks of Publishing Online<br />Find out from media lawyers what they look for during pre-publication review and the advice they give their clients for avoiding a lawsuit. Learn best practices for reporting on sensitive topics.<br />On August 10, 2010, President Obama signed the SPEECH Act (also known as the libel tourism bill) into law. The new law protects online publishers from enforcement of foreign defamation judgments that are counter to First Amendment protections or the constitutional limits on personal jurisdiction. <br />The law also shields providers of interactive computer services from foreign judgments that are inconsistent with the protections of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. <br />PANELISTS<br /><ul><li>Thomas M. Clyde</li></ul>Dow Lohnes PLLC<br /><ul><li>Gregory W. Herbert</li></ul>Greenberg Traurig, LLP<br /><ul><li>Gregory Lisby</li></ul>Georgia State University<br /><ul><li>Geanne Rosenberg</li></ul>Baruch College<br /><ul><li>David Vigilante</li></ul>CNN<br />Learn more about when to be worried, where you might be sued, and how the new federal statute affects your risks.<br />
  8. 8. Starting an Independent News Organization: <br />Business Law and Other Considerations<br />PANELISTS<br /><ul><li>Doug Kenyon </li></ul>Hunton & Williams LLP<br /><ul><li>Paul Kritzer</li></ul>Gatzke, Ruppelt & Bucher, S.C.<br /><ul><li>Brett Lockwood</li></ul>Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP<br /><ul><li>Richard Rimer</li></ul>Troutman Sanders LLP<br /><ul><li>Deanna “Dede” Sutton</li></ul>Clutch Magazine<br />The low-profit, limited liability company (L3C) is a new business form available to online publishing entities in a handful of states. Many new journalism organizations are considering forming as an L3C instead of as a traditional LLC or nonprofit.<br />What’s the big deal with this new business form?<br />Is it available in your state? <br />Is it right for you?<br />Learn about the many legal and practical issues in deciding how to carry on your online publishing activities. Get the basics on how to launch your online venture.<br />