Legal

From PBS/MediaShift:  The $23,000 T-shirt: Teaching Copyright in Today’s Social Media Culture
It’s vital that all journalists understand copyright laws to avoid costly errors.  In today’s world, that’s a challenge.  This read is helpful.

From Al Tompkins Workshops (Poynter): DOJ Issues Guidelines for Photographing Cops.  Time and time again, we hear stories about journalists and others being harassed, roughed up, arrested and/or having their digital images deleted by aggressive cops.  In Baltimore, the Justice Department has weighed in on a Baltimore case involving the right to record police activity.  The DOJ guidelines on the right to record police activity state, in part, that “Recording governmental officers engaged in public duties is a form of speech through which private individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern, including the conduct of law enforcement officers“.

 

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