Bloggers’ Rights – Legal Guide for Bloggers

Hey all you Bloggers! Listen up!

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has an informational page on the various Bloggers’ Rights that you really need to know.

Read them. Know them. Live them.

Here’s just a taste of the Bloggers’ Rights that you need to learn all about…..

The basic goals of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are to inform Bloggers that they do in fact have rights in the first place, to provide Bloggers with a basic roadmap to the legal issues that they may face during their blogging career, and to encourage Bloggers to write freely with the knowledge that their legitimate speech is protected.

To make it easier to grasp and understand, the EFF has created the Legal Guide for Bloggers – a collection of blogger specific frequently asked questions, addressing topics ranging from defamation law, to fair use, to good old fashion workplace whistle-blowing.

On top of supplying the Legal Guide for Bloggers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation continues their courtroom battles – fighting for the rights of Bloggers…..

Bloggers are entitled to free speech.
[The EFF is] working to shield you from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits. Internet bullies shouldn’t use copyright, libel, or other claims to chill your legitimate speech.

Bloggers have the right to political speech.
[The EFF is] working with a number of other public-interest organizations to ensure that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) doesn’t gag bloggers’ election-related speech. [The EFF argues] that the FEC should adopt a presumption against the regulation of election-related speech by individuals on the Internet, and interpret the existing media exemption to apply to online media outlets that provide news reporting and commentary regarding an election — including blogs.

Bloggers can be journalists (and journalists can be bloggers).
[The EFF is] battling for legal and institutional recognition that if you engage in journalism, you’re a journalist, with all of the attendant rights, privileges, and protections.

Bloggers have the right to stay anonymous.
[The EFF is] continuing [their] battle to protect and preserve your constitutional right to anonymous speech online, including providing a guide to help you with strategies for keeping your identity private when you blog.

EFF Bloggers Rights

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