Citizen Media Law Project Produces Legal GuideMar 6th, 2008 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: Citizen Media, General, Podcasting Law
The Citizen Media Law Project has published a free online legal guide. The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) is jointly affiliated with Harvard Law School‚Äôs 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 Legal Guide is organized like a book, with a hyperlinked table of contents, but is also searchable by state, topic, or keyword. Topics include starting a business, privacy concerns, and intellectual property considerations. CMLP says that the guide is a “work in progress,” so users may want to check back from time to time for additional information. The group also invites lawyers, academics, journalists and others to help them in their work to “facilitate citizen participation in online media.”
The CMLP provides legal training and resources for people and organizations involved in different aspects of citizen media, as well as doing research and advocacy on issues relating to free speech, newsgathering, and intellectual property.