EFF Bloggers’ Legal Guide

January 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Bloggers' Rights at EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a Legal Guide for Bloggers that will hopefully clear many issues bloggers may face with regard to intellectual property, anonymity, access to media, protection from government seizure, and more.

You Have the Right to Make Fair Use of Intellectual Property. In OPG v. Diebold, Diebold, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic voting machines, had sent out copyright cease-and-desist letters to ISPs after internal documents indicating flaws in their systems were published on the Internet. EFF established the publication was a fair use. With your support, EFF can help fight to protect bloggers from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits.

The EFF disclaims that the guide is not a substitute for legal advice, nor is it applicable to bloggers outside the United States, but it’s a good to keep in mind nonetheless. We can never have too many guides, especially ones that keep can help get us out of serious trouble. Also visit this page for more resources like news articles, whitepapers, and other documents.

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Looking for a blogging philosophy? Try these on for size

February 2, 2009 | No Comments Yet

One of the biggest issues traditional journalists and people who do not understand the internet have against blogging is how easy it is to publish articles with filled unverified facts, lopsided views, and that narrowmindedness one develops in middle of an uproar.

While I don’t agree that all bloggers should be held up to certain standards similar to that of journalists and other members of the media, you might have started wondering how to best approach blogging about a burning topic next time.

Let’s have a look at three philosophies on blogging and writing on the web:

  1. SpeedBlogging: The idea is to always be prepared with ideas, so you can always pick from one of them later. Now expound out by listing key points and mind-mapping. In the words of that famous sports brand (or that former Health Secretary), just do it.
  2. Slow Blogging: In the simplest sense, it’s the “rejection of immediacy”. If you can help it, don’t get swayed by the hype and choose to write when it makes most sense for you to.
  3. Blogging without Obligation: Somewhat leaning toward the Slow Blogging manifesto, BWO also rejects immediacy and every other expectation put in place by the so-called experts. On your blog, you’re the expert.

You might want to ponder on why you started blogging in the first place. If you’re an aspring new media journalist, you probably have to brush up on reporting ethics and whatnot. Try updating your “about me” blurbs to clarify objectives to your audience. Or not, if you don’t care what anybody thinks.

So how do you blog? Do you scramble to hit the publish button ASAP? Do you sleep on your post and come back to it the next day? Or do you raise your middle finger and yell, “screw the rules, I’m doing this my way!”

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Ces Drilon and 3 other journalists missing (breaking news in the blogosphere)

June 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Mindanao Examiner reports:

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 9, 2008) – Abu Sayyaf militants have seized a Filipino television journalist and two cameramen, including a Muslim university professor in the southern Philippine island of Sulu, police said Monday.

The news broke out in the Philippine blogosphere last night. It was also covered by foreign publications like the International Herald Tribune.

Earlier this morning, an official statement from ABS-CBN came out:


Three ABS-CBN journalists Ces Drilon, Jimmy Encarnacion, and Angelo Valderama are missing in Sulu.

All efforts are underway to find them and bring them home.

Until we learn more details, ABS-CBN News requests other media to report on this matter with utmost consideration for the safety of our news team.

ABS-CBN News is in touch with the families and asks that their privacy be respected.

It’s interesting to note how such important news broke out on the internet—on a blog, no less.

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