Sunday, May 1, 2011

Topic: Internet - Responses to News Blogs etc.

Internet: Commenting on News Articles, Blogs, Chat Rooms, etc.

Persons on Parole, Probation, Supervised Release or
Other State/Federal Supervision:

It would be wise to FIRST get your Supervising Agent's written approval, if you do not yet have it in writing, without such proof you could be arrested! File that in your documentation folder (Yes you should have one!).

You Are Responsible For What You Say
Even When Speaking Anonymously

Libel and Slander issues abound on the Internet, when you are speaking about someone always be respectful and never attack them, phrase negative points you are making as a question, letting readers draw their own conclusions.

Remember, even if you are posting anonymously you are accountable for what you say, and courts can force the site to reveal your name (or IP Address to trace it back to you). The Internet is not as anonymous as one might think.

Blogger's Rights
Blogger's Rights, the last way a FSO has to express his/her opinion on the Internet!

One of EFF's goals is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger, to let you know you have rights, and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected.

To that end, we have created the Legal Guide for Bloggers, a collection of blogger-specific FAQs addressing everything from fair use to defamation law to workplace whistle-blowing.

In addition, EFF continues to battle for bloggers' rights in the courtroom:

Bloggers can be journalists (and journalists can be bloggers). We're battling for legal and institutional recognition that if you engage in journalism, you're a journalist, with all of the attendant rights, privileges, and protections. (See Apple v. Does.).

For FSOs its more they will be Political Activists than journalists, but both are exercising their freedom of speech rights.

Jump over to EFF for much more on this topic.

For now, have a great day and a better tomorrow.
eAdvocate (BACK to the Top Page)

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