Legal Guide

Welcome to the Digital Media Law Project's Legal Guide!

This guide addresses the practical issues that you may encounter as you gather information, create new and exciting content, and publish your work online. It is intended for use by citizen media creators with or without formal legal training, as well as others with an interest in these issues.

The guide is setup like a book. You will find a table of contents on the right.  Just click on any of the page/section titles to navigate around the guide. At the bottom of every page you will find a list of "child pages" (if they exist) that link to your current page as well as links to the previous and next pages in the guide.

Please keep in mind that this guide is a work in progress: not all sections are available for public viewing yet, and those sections that we have published are still undergoing revisions. If you have any comments or suggestions for how we can improve the guide, please let us know via our contact form.

Disclaimer: Information in this guide is based on general principles of law and is intended for information purposes only; DMLP makes no claim as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information. Because the law can change quickly, portions of the guide may be out of date. In addition, the information may be accurate in one jurisdiction, but not accurate in another. You should use this guide as a starting point for further research. It is not offered for the purpose of providing individualized legal advice.

The DMLP is not your lawyer. Use of this guide does not create an attorney-client or any other relationship between the user and the Digital Media Law Project or the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The DMLP is not a substitute for individualized legal advice.

Just click on one of the links below to begin browsing the guide: