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The Citizen Media Law Project

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Harvard University's Berkman Institute for Internet and Society

The Citizen Media Law Project is a place where citizen journalists (like bloggers) can begin to research the dark and scary world of the law as it relates to them. In particularly, Redfin worked to get two main aspects of the site off and running. The legal threats database is a collection of CCK nodes, each of which documents a distinct legal threat (i.e. a DMCA takedown notice, a threat to sue, etc) made against a citizen journalist. A citizen journalist can browse or search the threats for one which might have similarities to the one they might be in.

The Legal Guide is intended to provide basic information regarding the laws that relate to citizen journalists (i.e. “What is defamation, and can I be sued for it?”). Each state in the U.S. will have its own section on how the general law changes from state to state.

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