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Sunday, March 13 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bloggers Fight Back: Legal Workshop for Music Bloggers

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Have you ever received a takedown notice for an MP3 or video you posted on your blog? Did you get clearance from a publicist only to have the label accuse you of illicitly distributing their content? Did Google delete your Blogspot blog? Are you scared to post MP3s on your blog at all for fear of being sued? There's a lot of confusion and disinformation out there when it comes to bloggers' rights--especially where the nuances of copyright law are concerned. In this workshop, we'll teach you how to make sure you're in the clear when posting content on your blog, exactly what your responsibilities are as a blogger and how to fight back if you're wrongfully accused. The presenters--both of whom work for the Washington D.C.-based digital rights non-profit Public Knowledge--will bring a wealth of expertise from both sides of the issue to the table. In addition to overseeing Public Knowledge's outreach and new media efforts, Mehan Jayasuriya is a freelance music blogger and photographer who has worked with publications like PopMatters, Stereogum and DCist. Michael Weinberg is a staff attorney at Public Knowledge, where he focuses on telecommunications policy, in addition to copyright reform and entertainment law.

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Mehan Jayasuriya

Dir of OutreachPublic KnowledgeMehan Jayasuriya is the Director of Outreach and New Media at Public Knowledge, a non-profit, consumer advocacy group that fights for the rights of innovators, creators and internet users. In his spare time, he works as a freelance writer and photographer... Read More →
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Michael Weinberg

Public KnowlegeMichael Weinberg joined Public Knowledge as a full-time Staff Attorney after two years as a part-time Law Clerk and Student Intern. Although he is involved in a wide range of issues at Public Knowledge, he focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC, and 3D... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Sheraton, Creekside

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