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Sunday #Law Summary: 5 Stories I Didn’t Have Time to do Justice

September 25, 2011

Sleeping With the Enemy: A Cautionary Tale. Author Kiana Davenport  discusses her battle with her publishing company after Davenport self-published two ebook anthologies of short stories.

 The editor shouted at me repeatedly  on the phone.  I was accused of breaching my contract (which I did not) but worse, of ‘blatantly betraying them with Amazon,’ their biggest and most intimidating  competitor.  I was not trustworthy.  I was sleeping with the enemy.

N.J. Blogger Acquitted of Threats to Conn. Officials. AP reports on a blogger who was found not guilty of inciting injury and misdemeanor threatening after urging readers to “take up arms.”

Turner, who represented himself, argued that no one was hurt and there was no evidence that his words led to any violence. He also cited his First Amendment right to free speech.

Ohio Lawyer Drops $10 Million Defamation Claim Against Supporters of Runaway Christian Convert. Washington Post reports that the lawyer for the parents of a runaway has settled his claims against a New York blogger.

Columbus lawyer Omar Tarazi had argued that New York-based blogger Pamela Geller defamed him by alleging he has terrorist ties

Under the settlement agreed to late Tuesday Geller will remove five posts about Tarazi from her “Atlas Shrugs” blog.

Photographer’s Rights in the Digital Age. Blogger Amy Phillips discusses the murky topics of personal privacy and photographer’s rights. The post seems to respond to concerns raised by this blog, which posts photos of unknowing commuters on the D.C. metro.

Often it seems it is up the photographer to educate the public about what he can and cannot take photos of, and this can lead to arguments and threat of legal actions. As a public, we like to know our rights, and we also need to know when we don’t have any of those so-called ‘rights’.

Copyright Licensing Agreement — One Way To Keep Control Of Your Intellectual Property. ProblemSolve.org details the need for copyright licensing when sharing your work.

If you are a creative artist with clients who want to use your intellectual property, you may possibly be considering a transfer agreement — but what if there was a way to retain control over your supplies and permit only particular parties to use your work in certain ways? With a copyright licensing agreement, you can.

That’s it for this week. I’ll keep an eye out for good #Law content.

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