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Media Law in Digital Age Workshop Being Videotaped Now

We have more than 100 people at the Media Law in the Digital Age workshop which our Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University is co-producing with Harvard Law’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society here are Kennesaw State. You can find the full agenda and learn more about the top-notch speakers here at the workshop website. Media Law Workshop 002

We are videotaping every session so you will be able listen to the sessions in a week or do. Watch here for more information. Here is what we are taping, there are have some speakers changes, but this is fairly comprehensive.


New Developments in Media Law and What They Mean for Online Journalism
The opening session will be a discussion of the hot topics in media law, focusing on current media-oriented lawsuits, legal challenges faced by journalism organizations and how technology is changing the practice of law and journalism.Media Law Workshop 005


Advertising Law for Online Publishers
Many online publishers rely on advertising to support their work. Get practical advice on current and emerging advertising models and learn about legal developments that may impact your use of advertising.

* How privacy law and advertising law intersect
* Evaluating potential liability from running ad networks while maximizing potential revenue streams
* Complying with FTC guidelines for blogger disclosures
* Complying with marketing restrictions such as CAN-SPAM


* Scott Dailard (Dow Lohnes PLLC)
* Luther Munford (Phelps Dunbar LLP)
* Alison Pepper (Interactive Advertising Bureau)
* Tracy Shapiro (Federal Trade Commission)

Copyright: Using the Work of Others and Licensing Your Own Work

Whether you’re a freelancer or an independent online publisher, you’ll want to know the basics of copyright law. Learn about who owns the copyright to content, licensing options and how copyright and new challenges under the hot news misappropriation doctrine may impact new production and aggregation.

* What is covered by copyright and who holds the copyright
* Licensing your work and the work of others, Creative Commons and other share-alike licenses
* What constitutes copyright infringement and the challenges of applying fair use in the online context
* Is hot news misappropriation a serious concern for news aggregators?


* Clay Calvert (Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, University of Florida)
* Eric Hanson (Hunton & Williams LLP)
* Kimberley Isbell (Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society)
* Christopher A. Wiech (Troutman Sanders LLP)

Exercising Your Right to Know: Getting Access to Government Information
Get practical information on how to access the places and information you need for your reporting. Learn about your rights under federal and state public records and open meeting laws, and understand the latest changes in access law.

* Getting access to government records and meetings
* Getting access to courts and court records
* Obtaining media credentials


* Catherine J. Cameron (Stetson University College of Law)
* Carolyn Carlson (Kennesaw State University)
* Hollie Manheimer (Georgia First Amendment Foundation)

Libel and Privacy: Minimizing the Risks of Publishing Online
Find out from media lawyers what they look for during pre-publication review and the advice they give their clients for avoiding a lawsuit. Learn best practices for reporting on sensitive topics.

* Basics of a claim for defamation and invasion of privacy
* Opinion, fair report and other privileges
* Responding to legal threats


* Thomas M. Clyde (Dow Lohnes PLLC)
* Gregory W. Herbert (Greenberg Traurig, LLP)
* Gregory Lisby (Georgia State University)
* Geanne Rosenberg (Baruch College)
* David Vigilante (CNN)

Newsgathering Law: How to Stay Out of Trouble When You’re Gathering Information for a Story
Learn how to stay within legal boundaries when you are collecting information and taking photos or video.

* Entering private property and collecting private information
* Acquiring documents and other property
* Recording phone calls, conversations, meetings and hearings
* Dealing with and protecting confidential sources


* Charles E. Coble (Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P.)
* Lesli N. Gaither (Dow Lohnes PLLC)
* Toni Locy (Washington & Lee University)
* Jim Walls (Editor and Publisher of

Safe Harbors: Building and Managing Online Communities

A healthy online community can foster discussion and build connections within the community; an unhealthy one can be hostile and negative. Learn about how the safe harbors in the Communications Decency Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act impact the ability of journalism organizations to manage online users and comments.

* Understanding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: Correcting, editing or removing content. Discussion will include the latest cases involving Section 230
* Requirements for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor and responding to takedown notices
* Dealing with subpoenas for information about people who post on your website


* David Ardia (Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society)
* Joshua Azriel (Kennesaw State University)
* Justin Brown (Winthrop University)
* G. Patton Hughes (
* Amy Sanders (University of Minnesota Law School)

Starting an Independent News Organization: Business Law and Other Considerations
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a seasoned A-list blogger, there are many legal and practical issues to consider in deciding how to carry on your online publishing activities. Get the basics on business law and how to set up a website.

* Choosing a name and business form — LLCs, L3Cs, and corporations
* Protecting your organization’s name and trademarks
* Setting up your website: Terms of use and privacy policies
* Nuts and bolts of content contributor agreements (payment, kill fees, indemnification)
* Record-keeping, taxes and insurance


* Doug Kenyon (Hunton & Williams LLP)
* Paul Kritzer (Gatzke, Ruppelt & Bucher, S.C.)
* Brett Lockwood (Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP)
* F. Richard Rimer (Troutman Sanders LLP)
* Deanna “Dede” Sutton (Editorial & Creative Director of Clutch Magazine)

Workshop: Getting Access to Government Information
This small-session workshop is a companion to “Exercising Your Right to Know: Getting Access to Government Information.” Bring your questions and ideas to get feedback and advice on your public records requests.

Workshop: Understanding Website Terms of Use, Freelancer Agreements, and Licenses
This small-session workshop complements the panels “Starting an Online News Organization: Business Law and Other Considerations” and “Copyright: Using the Work of Others and Licensing Your Own Work.” Understand the typical language in licenses, freelancer contracts and website terms of use. This workshop is appropriate for both independent publishers and freelancers.

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