HLG attorney Keith Lee will be giving a presentation at WordCamp Birmingham on August 24th.
WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web.
WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc.
WordCamp Birmingham is the South’s oldest running WordCamp having its first in 2008. The growing tech community in the South will all come together for the 5th time this August and learn about WordPress, Business, Content, Design, and Programming. There will be a wide range of sessions from very beginner to super advanced. Come on out y’all! #WPYall
Keith will be giving a presentation on the Legal Aspects of Blogging:
Blogging is one of the greatest revolutions in publication since the printing press. It has given the ability to publish and be heard to essentially everyone with access to a computer. Almost all of the filters or barriers between a person wishing to share their thoughts, and display them in public, have been removed. Computers and the internet have given everyone the opportunity to have their voice heard. But with this opportunity comes responsibilities and liabilities.
You decide to blog about a bad experience you had at a restaurant which then reads your review and decides to sue you for defamation. Or someone makes a comment on one of your blog posts that attacks a politician. That same politician decides to come after you instead of the commentator. You decide to tweet about something that a local business gave you as a free trial – and the FTC decides to open an investigation file.
All of the above are worst case scenarios that are unlikely to happen. But at the same time, it makes sense to take some basic, and generally easy, precautions to familiarize yourself with laws and make sure you are complying with them.