EFF: Bloggers

EFF: Bloggers

EFF: Fighting for Bloggers’ Rights

If you’re a blogger, this website is for you.

EFF’s goal is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger, to let you know you have rights, and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected.

To that end, we have created the Legal Guide for Bloggers, a collection of blogger-specific FAQs addressing everything from fair use to defamation law to workplace whistle-blowing.

A worthy cause. If you look to the right and scroll down a bit, you’ll see the badge I downloaded from here.

Also, they have a page called How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else). This page tells you how to blog anonymously and (hopefully) not get you fired because of your blog.

Happy reading 😀

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Posted on 20 November, 2005, in Blogging/WordPress, News. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think the key is to understand that local laws are different in different countries and every blogger has to understand that what is good in the US need not apply in other countries.

    I think one has to realize that while one is protected from censorship one cannot dodge the consequences of their actions if their blogging affects the reputation or rights of other individuals.

    Responsible blogging is the key. Everyone should take responsibility for what they say, real life or online. Except under extraordinary (and I mean extraordinary) circumstances as when they are physically threatened or intimidated, I don’t think bloggers should hide behind anonymity to say whatever they wish and get away with it. It amounts to cowardice and a lack of credibility.

  2. In the Western world, at least, we have seen that despite laws to protect them, whistleblowers do have punitive action taken against them by their employers. Additionally, people who merely discuss their job in a blog can be sacked by their employer.
    I am all for anonymity, I don’t think anyone should be barred from posting a blog or a comment if they can back it up with proof. I agree that people who post maliciously should be censured, but what of someone who is concerned about something their employer is doing and feels that there is no one to turn to outside of a blog? It’s not such a far fetched idea.

  3. Yes, good point there. But anybody who is concerned about the workplace and feels that there employers are up to no good should resign from their job. Easy to say this, I know, but difficult in actual practice.

  4. I wish that we had that option! However, a number of the whistleblowers are concerned with the fact that a great company or government organisation being dragged down by a handful of poor or even criminal managers and executives (or at least people in a position of power and feel that a) they can’t resign and b) they don’t want to because the company or organisation itself is a great place and would be even better if certain people or practices are removed or highlighted.
    Luckily, I have never been in a position like that. But I feel for those who are.

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