The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) is jointly affiliated with Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a research center founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development, and the Center for Citizen Media, an initiative to enhance and expand grassroots media. The mission of the CMLP is to provide education, legal training, and resources for individuals and organizations involved in citizen media. We also provide research and advocacy on free speech, newsgathering, intellectual property, and other legal issues related to online speech. This blog provides the latest updates in the Citizen Media Law Project.
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Today I came across two excellent pieces touching on the role of intermediaries in censorship/regulation of online speech internationally: The first is Rebecca MacKinnon's detailed blog post on her research on censorship of Chinese blogs. She looked at Chinese blog-hosting services, including...
In a rare Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) decision, the Supreme Court recently held in Taylor v. Sturgell that an individual's failed FOIA request does not preclude similar requests from related individuals. In doing so, the court rejected the legal doctrine of "virtual...
South Carolina state senator Robert Ford has proposed a bill that would make it a felony for a person in a public forum or place of public accommodation wilfully and knowingly to publish orally or in writing, exhibit, or otherwise make available material containing words, language,...
Eighteen months after the Federal Trade Commission revised its "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising," including revision of rules regarding product and service endorsements by bloggers and other social media contributors, the agency has announced...
This morning, I attended a hearing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the case of Glik v. Cunniffe, which raises important questions regarding the existence of a constitutional right to record the activity of police officers in public areas and the scope of Massachusetts...
Social media are abuzz about English Premier League footballer ("soccer player" to us Yanks) Ryan Giggs, who has obtained an order from a British court requiring Twitter to reveal the identity of various tweeters who identified him as having had an affair with model and Big...
We're pleased to announce that we have updated the CMLP Legal Guide on the District of Columbia's anti-SLAPP law to incorporate its brand new anti-SLAPP statute that came into effect on March 31, 2011. A SLAPP, or "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," is a lawsuit filed in...
Want to help disrupt and diversify the media status quo? Attend “Journalism That Matters: Create or Die 2,” June 2-5, 2011 at UNC-Greensboro. Register now through May 16 using the discount code "create2424" to get 20% off. Next month, I will be attending "Create or Die...
There's more than a hint of theatrics in the draft PROTECT IP bill (pdf, via dontcensortheinternet ) that has emerged as son-of-COICA, starting with the ungainly acronym of a name. Given its roots in the entertainment industry, that low drama comes as no surprise. Each section name is worse than...
It is a fundamental principle of the United States legal system that courts should be open to the public. This principle is widely regarded as more aspirational than factual, because of numerous practical barriers to courtroom access -- not the least of which is that most of us do not have the...