Associated Press vs. Bloggers, Part Deux

The debate is still raging, but in a balanced and well-written post today, Kami Huyse points out that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has set up a page with legal advice for bloggers. Here are two pretty compelling paragraphs from the EFF guide:

The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you’re doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn’t help – in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven’t yet decided how it applies to bloggers.

But here’s the important part: None of this should stop you from blogging. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Internet bullies shouldn’t use the law to stifle legitimate free expression. That’s why EFF created this guide, compiling a number of FAQs designed to help you understand your rights and, if necessary, defend your freedom.”

Let the debate continue.

Mark

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