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  • 1. www.citmedialaw.org twitter.com/@citmedialaw
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  • 3. Legal risks associated with newsgathering and publishing
  • 4. Defamation
  • 5. Privacy
  • 6. Intellectual Property (You should have been listening when Miguel spoke.)
  • 7. Product and Service Endorsements (Or, how not to get on the bad side of the FTC)
  • 8. User Submissions and Comments
  • 9. Safe Harbors (Know them, love them)
  • 10. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • 11. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Section 230)
  • 12. Practical steps to reduce your legal risks
  • 13. Good journalistic practices = Reduced legal risk
  • 14. Good Journalistic Practices
    • Strive for accuracy and check your facts
    • Cultivate reliable sources
    • Approach your work ethically
    • Seek permission or consent to use the work or images of others
    • Be willing to correct your mistakes
    • Educate yourself about media law and develop procedures for fact checking, rights clearance, and newsgathering
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  • 16. Shield Laws (Or, youre in Mass., forgeddaboutit. Move to Rhode Island.)
  • 17. Create appropriate website terms & conditions
  • 18. Website T&Cs and Privacy Policy
    • Dont make promises you cant or dont intend to keep
    • Be clear about what information you collect from users and whether you will keep it private
    • Designate someone to receive notifications of copyright infringement under the DMCA
  • 19. Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (Get thee to a lawyer.)
  • 20. Insurance (Youre a professional, so act like one.)
  • 21. Where to go for help?
  • 22. www.OMLN.org A Legal Referral Network for Online Media An initiative of: