Entries categorized "Disclaimer and Policies"

Text Ownership

Do not miss this excellent article on blogging and copyright ownership.

I own every word that I write, although I make the full text of my posts available as an RSS feed.  Do companies like BlogLines and FeedBurner violate copyright laws when they reproduce my blog in their readers?  Do I impliedly consent since I make the full-text of my posts available?

What happens if I blog at work?  What happens if I blog using my boss' web page?  What if my boss pays my TypePad bill?  What if Law.com pays my TypePad bill, but tells me I maintain full "editorial control" over my site?

What about group blogs?  If I pay the full TypePad bill, do the posts of other contributors become my property? 

If you make a comment on my blog, do I own those words?  When you send a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times, they  own the copyright to that letter if they print it.  Do I own your words?

These are issues to think about before an argument starts.

Each contributor, although we've never discussed it, owns every word he blogs here, and he is free to remove his posts at will.

If you post a comment here, you may reproduce that comment in other fora.  I will even (almost always) delete comments you post here.  The only exception I can think of is the "loser exception."  If you post something mean-spirited, I will keep it public forever, so that all the world can find out (hopefully before having personal dealings with you) that you are an idiot. [Ed's note: I've only have two comments that qualify for loser treament].  Otherwise, just let me know if you want me to delete a comment you make.

I'm here to help. 

(Story via ACSBlog).

Who Wrote that Post?

I'm lucky to have several people blogging here while I study for the bar exam.  If you want to know who wrote a given post, look below the title of the post for the byline -- The author's name is in crimson text.

You can read my bio here.

David Giacalone, formerly an antitrust lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission, now mediates domestic disputes.  He blogs at f/k/a.

Norman Pattis is a Connecticut criminal defense and civil rights lawyer.  He also writes a weekly column for the Connecticut Law Tribune and owns a bookstore.

Timothy Sandefur is a staff attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he litigates economic liberties and property rights cases.  Mr. Sandefur also has an excellent blog of his own - Freespace.

Robert Sheridan lives in San Francisco, where he teaches constitutional law and works as a criminal defense lawyer.  You can read his full bio here, and his blog - Sheridan:Con Law - here.

If you wish to contact one of the contributors, leave a comment in one of his or her posts, and your contact information will automatically be forwarded to the author.

Although I respect everyone writing here, I don't necessarily endorse anything a contributor posts.  Each contributor retains full editorial control over - and copyright ownership of - his posts.

Disclaimer, E-mail and Privacy Policies

I am really sorry, but I am not in a position to provide you legal advice, or to refer you to someone who can.  Nothing on this blog should be construed as legal advice.  And the author makes no warranties, express or implied, regarding the content of this weblog. 

If you are interested in legal self-help, click here, and you will be directed to some helpful resources from attorney David Giacalone.

From time to time I will profile some of America's finest lawyers, though in doing so, I am not endorsing them nor suggesting you seek their legal services.

I consider all e-mails to me (whether sent to my personal or Crime & Federalism e-mail accounts) as a personal conversation and thus I will never reproduce it on my blog without your consent; nor will I forward any e-mails you send me to a third-party.  I also expect you to keep e-mails from me to you confidential.  If you are unwilling or unable to keep things private, then please do not e-mail me.

The only exception to my e-mail policy I can think of is this: If you send me an e-mail threatening me with any legal action or physical or emotional harm, then I will blog about it, and about you.  My reasoning is that if you can't behave like an adult by refraining from sending nasty e-mails, then you don't deserve the privacy adults expect. 

Otherwise, my lips are sealed.

Your privacy is important to me, and I will protect it in several ways.

First, I don't name drop, and thus you won't see things like, "I had a discussion with/received an e-mail from [insert your name, law firm, or government agency]."  Saying that would not only be lame, it would violate your privacy.  And so I won't do it.

Second, everything you tell me, including the fact that you told me anything at all, or that you even exist, is presumptively confidential.  Unless I'm subpoenaed before a grand jury (and my attempts to quash the subpoena fail), I won't talk.

Third, if you're an anonymous blogger (even one who insults me), I won't out you, even if I determine your identity through my own sleuthing.  If you tell me your identity (or give me hints), I won't share.  If I determine your identity through my own efforts, then I might share the information with a person who shares my privacy ethic, but merely to test my hypothesis.  But again, even if I figure out who you are on my own, I won't blog about it.