0
Online legal and ethical issues
What is libel?
Online legal and ethical issues
Libel is a defamatory statement (harms the
reputation of the other person) that has been
...
Can I Be Sued for Something I Put on the Internet?
Yes. The laws regarding defamation apply to the
Internet as they do to...
Discussion forums
Several courts have extended the protection of ISPs
under section 30 of the CDA to media organizations....
Discussion Forums
How journalistic websites police postings
 Registration with a valid e-mail address
 User policing – ...
Crossing the line
Your post will be removed if it falls under one of
these categories:
 Spam
 Personal info
 Vulgar/Ha...
Copyright
What is copyright?
Copyright
Copyright provides the owner the right to control
how a creative work is used. A copyright is comprised
of a nu...
Copyright & the Internet
Copyright protects web pages, e-mails and postings
to discussion groups. A website’s HTML is
cop...
Fair Use
An exception to copyright is a provision called fair use.
Copyright law recognizes the right of educators, journ...
Images and Creative Commons
U.S. copyright law does apply to ALL IMAGES you see on the
Web, on any Web page. So it is abs...
Ethics
Guidelines from the Online Journalism Review:
 The old rule: You can't cover something in which you
are personall...
Use of music
You can’t use music unless it is expressly offered for
public domain use.
You must get express permission f...
Pushing the envelope?
Sun Sentinel mug shots; Orlando Sentinel mug shots
Courant Infamous Pageant Mishaps
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Legalethicalissues

217

Published on

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
217
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
1
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Transcript of "Legalethicalissues"

  1. 1. Online legal and ethical issues What is libel?
  2. 2. Online legal and ethical issues Libel is a defamatory statement (harms the reputation of the other person) that has been published to at least one other person. The statement alleged to be defamatory must also be a false statement of fact.  Burden of proof is on the plaintiff Can I be sued for something I put on the Internet?
  3. 3. Can I Be Sued for Something I Put on the Internet? Yes. The laws regarding defamation apply to the Internet as they do to more traditional media. However, federal law protects Internet service providers (ISPs) and other interactive computer services from many lawsuits.  The Communications Decency Act section 230, which was part of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, immunizes computer service providers.
  4. 4. Discussion forums Several courts have extended the protection of ISPs under section 30 of the CDA to media organizations. Unless the website is the author of the posting, the site is not liable for the content.
  5. 5. Discussion Forums How journalistic websites police postings  Registration with a valid e-mail address  User policing – flagging offensive posts  Ban certain words  Disclaimer  We encourage you to share your thoughts about our stories. However, comments that are obscene, overly personal, racist or otherwise inappropriate will be removed. Because the messages are posted instantly and anonymously, Courant.com cannot vouch for their accuracy or authenticity. Report abusive posts by clicking the link found at the upper right of each item. -- Courant.com
  6. 6. Crossing the line Your post will be removed if it falls under one of these categories:  Spam  Personal info  Vulgar/Hate speech  Attorney/legal  Quote of deleted post  Off-topic  Non-English
  7. 7. Copyright What is copyright?
  8. 8. Copyright Copyright provides the owner the right to control how a creative work is used. A copyright is comprised of a number of exclusive rights, including the right to make copies, authorize others to make copies, make derivative works, sell and market the work and perform the work.
  9. 9. Copyright & the Internet Copyright protects web pages, e-mails and postings to discussion groups. A website’s HTML is copyrightable. You should always assume that anything you encounter on the Internet is copyrighted– images, cartoons, video, etc.
  10. 10. Fair Use An exception to copyright is a provision called fair use. Copyright law recognizes the right of educators, journalists and others to use some portion of copyrighted works for the purposes of education, scholarship, research, criticism and comment. There are four “tests” in the fair use provision that you can use to help assess whether you can use a copyrighted work without permission.  The purpose and character of the use  The nature of copyrighted work  The amount and substantiality of the portion used  The effect of the use on the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work
  11. 11. Images and Creative Commons U.S. copyright law does apply to ALL IMAGES you see on the Web, on any Web page. So it is absolutely NOT okay to copy an image (photo or otherwise) from somewhere online and use it. The image does NOT need to have a copyright symbol or a copyright notice to enjoy this protection. All published works are automatically protected by this law — and that includes ALL images online. Some people have chosen to allow limited use of their Web- published work — that is, they have given you permission in advance. They do this by posting a Creative Commons license; on Flickr, for example, you’ll see tags on the right side of an individual photo page.
  12. 12. Ethics Guidelines from the Online Journalism Review:  The old rule: You can't cover something in which you are personally involved.  The new rule: Tell your readers how you are involved and how that's shaped your reporting.  The old rule: You must present all sides of a story, being fair to each.  The new rule: Report the truth and debunk the lies.  The old rule: There must be a wall between advertising and editorial.  The new rule: Sell ads into ad space and report news in editorial space. And make sure to show the reader the difference.
  13. 13. Use of music You can’t use music unless it is expressly offered for public domain use. You must get express permission from the copyright holder.
  14. 14. Pushing the envelope? Sun Sentinel mug shots; Orlando Sentinel mug shots Courant Infamous Pageant Mishaps
  1. A particular slide catching your eye?

    Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.

×