What you post on a blog or tweet to your followers can get you arrested or cost you a lot of money in legal battles. This practical guide shows you how to stay out of trouble when you write online.
Every time you blog or tweet you may be subject to the laws of more than 200 jurisdictions. As more than a few bloggers or tweeters have discovered, you can be sued in your own country, or arrested in a foreign airport as you're heading off on holiday - just for writing something that wouldn't raise an eyebrow if you said it in a bar or a cafe.
In this handy guide, media law expert Mark Pearson explains how you can get your message across without landing yourself in legal trouble. In straightforward language, he explains what everyone writing online needs to know about free speech, reputation and defamation, privacy, official secrets and national security, copyright and false advertising.
Whether you host a celebrity Facebook page, tweet about a hobby, or like to think of yourself as a citizen journalist, you need this guide to keep on the right side of cyberlaw.
About the Author
Mark Pearson is a journalist and professor of journalism at Bond University, and co-author of The Journalist's Guide to Media Law. He is a correspondent for Reporters Without Borders and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Australian.
Blog: journlaw.com; Twitter: @journlaw; Facebook: Journ Law
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Comments about Blogging and Tweeting without Getting Sued:
The book, Blogging and Tweeting without Getting Sued, by Mark Pearson, is an easy-to-read and very portable paper back. Small enough to read on way to work, & interesting enough via a colourful and apt cover to attract others. It surprised me, when I found it, via a blogger's website, that is has not been recommended a must-read for everyone who writes on line. So I am doing so now.
Mark Pearson, is a professor of law in journalism, and as such has done a good job at distilling a topic which could send readers to sleep.
The 'law' is often a dry read, but the chapters, and relevance to those of us who blog and tweet is easily read and examples used are useful.
I have no connection with Mark, except as a blogger who has read his book.
"Accessible guide." -- "Reference & Research Book News"
|Down to basics: the legal risks of going global in a flash||p. 1|
|Cyberlibel and reputational damage online||p. 19|
|See you in court...||p. 45|
|Identity, anonymity and deception||p. 63|
|Privacy and security||p. 86|
|Confidentiality in a medium with few secrets||p. 107|
|The fine line between opinion and bigotry||p. 125|
|Copycats and corporate capers||p. 145|
|Big Brother and you: censorship hotspots and security laws||p. 166|
|Resources Read all about it!||p. 184|
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Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 1st April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.218