Legal Issues

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Street photography of Berlin by Espen Eichhöfer. Originally posted on Through the Cracks.
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by Sandra Proudman

Is street photography illegal in Germany? To find out, Berlin-based street photographer Espen Eichhöfer has appealed a conviction that he invaded a woman’s privacy. The 528 supporters of his project on the Startnext crowdfunding platform want to find out too, so they gave him 18,075 € (roughly $19,850) for legal fees. “I want to find […] more »

Legal Issues
by John Davidow

A big step forward took place this week for Order in the Court 2.0. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced a major proposal to change the state’s “Cameras in the Courtroom statute”, SJC Rule 1:19. Everything you’d want to know about the change is reflected in the name of the new rule. It’s now called […] more »

Legal Issues
by John Davidow

In the last few weeks Order in the Court 2.0 has made enormous strides in moving forward with our project. Most importantly we’ve brought on board two very talented individuals who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of this project. Below is the note that I put out to the staff of WBUR, which is […] more »

Legal Issues
by John Davidow

Going into last week’s meeting at Quincy District Court, Joan Kenney, the state court’s chief public information officer and I had a quick phone meeting on what we were going to talk about at an upcoming meeting with Judge Andre A. Gelinas. Judge Gelinas, a retired justice who sat on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, now […] more »

Legal Issues
by David Ardia

Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University are co‐hosting a conference on September 25, 2010 in Atlanta entitled “Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You?“ Designed for journalists, bloggers, and lawyers who work with media clients, the conference will be an opportunity to learn […] more »

Legal Issues
by David Ardia

Back in October, the Federal Trade Commission published a set of “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  The FTC Guidelines call for bloggers, Tweeters, Facebook users, and certain other online publishers to disclose any “material connections” they have with companies whose products or services they endorse.  The FTC Guidelines, which went […] more »

Legal Issues
by David Ardia

As part of the Citizen Media Law Project’s legal guide series on documenting public proceedings and events, today we published a guide to Live-Blogging and Tweeting from Court.  Over the past year, we’ve published guides addressing how to stay out of legal trouble while documenting activities at polling places and covering the Presidential Inauguration, as […] more »

Legal Issues
by David Ardia

I am delighted to announce the public launch of the Berkman Center’s Online Media Legal Network (OMLN), a new pro bono initiative that connects lawyers and law school clinics from across the country with online journalists and digital media creators who need legal help. Lawyers participating in OMLN will provide qualifying online publishers with pro […] more »

Legal Issues
by Amanda Hickman

By now everyone has heard the news: EveryBlock is now part of MSNBC.com. And anyone familiar with the Knight News Challenge knows about Knight’s open source requirement: projects developed with Knight funding must be released under an open source license — it is one of the terms of funding. EveryBlock released their source code a […] more »

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