www.citmedialaw.org twitter.com/@citmedialaw
 
Legal risks associated with newsgathering and publishing
Defamation
Privacy
Intellectual Property (You should have been listening when Miguel spoke.)
Product and Service Endorsements (Or, how not to get on the bad side of the FTC)
User Submissions and Comments
Safe Harbors (Know them, love them)
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Section 230)
Practical steps to reduce your legal risks
Good journalistic practices  =  Reduced legal risk
Good Journalistic Practices <ul><li>Strive for accuracy and check your facts </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate reliable sources ...
 
Shield Laws (Or, you’re in Mass., forgeddaboutit. Move to Rhode Island.)
Create appropriate website  terms & conditions
Website T&Cs and Privacy Policy <ul><li>Don’t make promises you can’t or don’t intend to keep </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear a...
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Get thee to a lawyer.)
Insurance (You’re a professional, so act like one.)
Where to go for help?
www.OMLN.org A Legal Referral Network for Online Media An initiative of:
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  1. 1. www.citmedialaw.org twitter.com/@citmedialaw
  2. 3. Legal risks associated with newsgathering and publishing
  3. 4. Defamation
  4. 5. Privacy
  5. 6. Intellectual Property (You should have been listening when Miguel spoke.)
  6. 7. Product and Service Endorsements (Or, how not to get on the bad side of the FTC)
  7. 8. User Submissions and Comments
  8. 9. Safe Harbors (Know them, love them)
  9. 10. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  10. 11. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Section 230)
  11. 12. Practical steps to reduce your legal risks
  12. 13. Good journalistic practices = Reduced legal risk
  13. 14. Good Journalistic Practices <ul><li>Strive for accuracy and check your facts </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate reliable sources </li></ul><ul><li>Approach your work ethically </li></ul><ul><li>Seek permission or consent to use the work or images of others </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to correct your mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Educate yourself about media law and develop procedures for fact checking, rights clearance, and newsgathering </li></ul>
  14. 16. Shield Laws (Or, you’re in Mass., forgeddaboutit. Move to Rhode Island.)
  15. 17. Create appropriate website terms & conditions
  16. 18. Website T&Cs and Privacy Policy <ul><li>Don’t make promises you can’t or don’t intend to keep </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear about what information you collect from users and whether you will keep it private </li></ul><ul><li>Designate someone to receive notifications of copyright infringement under the DMCA </li></ul>
  17. 19. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Get thee to a lawyer.)
  18. 20. Insurance (You’re a professional, so act like one.)
  19. 21. Where to go for help?
  20. 22. www.OMLN.org A Legal Referral Network for Online Media An initiative of:

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