We will be giving a talk today at the Berkman Center at 12:30pm about the Citizen Media Law Project. We'll discuss the project’s accomplishments over its first year, including the creation of a legal guide for citizen media creators, the development of a database of legal threats directed at online expression, and recent litigation efforts on behalf of Wikileaks.org and others. We will also provide a first look at the threats in our database, which include lawsuits, subpoenas, cease-and-desist letters, and other legal threats directed at bloggers, website operators, and others. As an added bonus, we'll highlight a few of the more interesting entries, including the recent lawsuit against iBrattleboro.com, a community journalism site in Brattleboro VT, and the copyright lawsuit against the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The discussion will conclude with recent trends and preliminary thoughts on the legal climate for online publishers. We are hoping the talk will elicit suggestions and feedback on how we can best analyze the data in the database, improve user participation in the project, and generally how to open up the process of content creation.
The talk begins at 12:30pm. If you are in the Cambridge area, please drop by. If you can't make it in person, you can watch a live webcast here.