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CMLP Alert: Mass. SJC Rules on Impoundment of Inquest Materials in Amy Bishop Case

On December 13, 2011, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that a judge of the Superior Court followed the wrong standard when denying a request by the Boston Globe for access to the transcript and report of an inquest into the death of Seth Bishop, the brother of Amy Bishop.

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CMLP ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations Andy Sellars!

The Citizen Media Law Project is extraordinarily pleased to announce that Andy Sellars, our Staff Attorney, was announced this past weekend to be the 2011 winner of the time-honored and prestigious Jan Jancin Award!

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CMLP ANNOUNCEMENT: Media Law in the Digital Age -- This Saturday, October 22!

This Saturday, October 22, the CMLP, together with Kennesaw State University's Center for Sustainable Journalism, will be producing and appearing at "Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed -- Again," an intensive one-day media law conference on the Kennesaw State campus north of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Legal Guide Updated With D.C.'s New Anti-SLAPP Law

We're pleased to announce that we have updated the CMLP Legal Guide on the District of Columbia's anti-SLAPP law to incorporate its brand new anti-SLAPP statute that came into effect on March 31, 2011.  A SLAPP, or "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation," is a lawsuit filed in retaliation for speaking out on a public issue or controversy.

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Citizen Media Law Project is Hiring a Staff Attorney

Are you a lawyer interested in dealing with emerging legal issues related to law, journalism, and new media on the Internet?  Would you like to help online journalists and new media ventures meet their legal needs?  Do you want a stimulating yet laid back work environment?

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Online Media Legal Network Announces Partnership with Investigative News Network

We are pleased to announce that the Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) is partnering with the Investigative News Network (INN) to help INN member organizations find pro bono and low-cost legal help. We are honored to join forces with INN, whose members are engaged in some of the most exciting and innovat

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Reminder: Media Law Conference for Journalists, Bloggers and Other Digital Media

We're pleased to announce that the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University are co‐hosting a conference on September 25, 2010 entitled "Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Ha

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Ninth Circuit Weighs In On Internet Anonymity, Consumer Griping At Risk

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision last Monday in In re: Anonymous Online Speakers, No. 09-71265 (9th Cir.

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Citizen Media Law Project, EFF, and Public Citizen Advocate First Amendment Scrutiny in Hot News Cases

The Citizen Media Law Project, EFF, and Public Citizen have jointly submitted an amicus curiae b

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Illinois Court Requires Newspaper Website To Identify Pseudonymous Commenter

A mid-level appellate court in Illinois ruled on Tuesday that the publisher of a local newspaper must reveal the identity of a pseudonymous Internet commenter.  In Maxon v. Ottawa Publishing Co., 3-08-0805 (Ill. App. Ct.

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New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech Rights for Online News Sites

The New Hampshire Supreme Court today issued an important decision upholding the First Amendment rights of online publishers.

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A Video Recap of CMLP's April 9th Conference, Journalism's Digital Transition

On April 9, 2010, the Citizen Media Law Project and the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School hosted a one-day symposium and CLE program, "Journalism's Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities."

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Don't Miss It! CMLP's April 9th Conference

Just a quick reminder that there's still time to register for CMLP's spring conference, which is coming up this Friday, April 9.  Entitled "Journalism’s Digital Transition: Unique Legal Challenges and Opportunities," the program will bring together panels of academics, legal practitioners, and journalists. Topics include:

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Google's MP3 Blog Removals: Bloggers, It's Up to You

That feeling—as if a couple dozen voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. If you felt some similar disturbance in the force last week, you might be aware that Google pulled the plug on several MP3 blogs it had previously hosted on its Blogspot service. On Wednesday, The Daily Swarm reported that several prominent bloggers had found their blogs yanked from Google's service.

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Just Say No to the Sewer: Section 230 No Obstacle to Editing Comments

If you're a fan of high-tech gadgets or Internet drama, you might have noticed the brouhaha brewing at Engadget this week. Long known for its comment sections ranking just above the YouTube level on the scale of man's inhumanity to man, the site prompted a new wave of bile last week with its coverage of Apple's iPad announcement.

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Online Media Legal Network Announces Partnership with National Freedom of Information Coalition

The Citizen Media Law Project is pleased to announce that its Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) is partnering with the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) to assist with freedom of information lawsuits and to provide online journalists with FOI information and assistance.  We are honored to join forces with NF

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