November 22, 2010 Know your digital rights

by JD Lasica

New Media Rights: Know your online rights from JD Lasica on Vimeo. Target audience: Online publishers, nonprofits, cause organizations, bloggers, podcasters. If you work in online publishing, sooner or later you’ll bump up against the laws surrounding the Internet and intellectual property. Enter New Media Rights, a San Diego-based nonprofit that provides assistance regarding new media, technology and copyright issues … Continue reading

Category: Activism, Education, Law
August 16, 2009

The rules around capturing public performances

by JD Lasica

  Can you shoot video or take a photo of a street artist in public — and post it on your blog? Are you allowed to shoot video or take a photo or record music of a musician or street artist performing in a public place and post it online? Attorney Colette Vogele of the San Francisco law firm Vogele … Continue reading

August 16, 2009

Do video producers need a publicity release waiver?

by JD Lasica

Here’s a 3-minute video interview with Colette Vogele, an intellectual property attorney in San Francisco, regarding whether video producers and video bloggers need to obtain a right of publicity release form from the subjects of their videos if they plan on using the video commercially. For many purposes online, nonprofits fall into the “commercial use” category. And a blogger who … Continue reading

August 9, 2009

Freedom of information: It’s for everyone

by Guest

Open records, FOIA Act are pillars of journalism — and a free society Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, journalists, NGOs, general public. Guest post by Dan Gillmor Director, Center for Citizen Media “Freedom of information” is not just a phrase. It is a pillar of an open and free society. Nowhere has that pillar been more solid than in the … Continue reading

Category: Law, Resources
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August 8, 2009

How to prevent against online libel and defamation


The Bill of Rights A brief guide for citizen journalists and bloggers Target audience: Journalists, bloggers, nonprofits, cause organizations, NGOs, general public. Guest post by Mitch Ratcliffe RatcliffeBlog There is much that bloggers can learn from journalists, who have learned how to cause the most trouble possible without landing in jail over the course of centuries. I highly recommend you … Continue reading

June 29, 2009

Socialbrite releases Creative Commons plug-in

by JD Lasica

We’re happy to launch today with the news that our lead developer, Esteban Panzeri (above), is releasing a new WordPress plug-in to the WordPress community. It’s called Creative Commons Reloaded, and it lets individual blogs or group blogs assign Creative Commons licenses on a post-by-post basis. That’s especially useful at sites like Socialbrite, where some of us (me, Beth, Ken) … Continue reading