Some highlights of the evening:
- There was an excellent talk and Q&A by a libel and copyright lawyer,
who told us we could lose our life savings, so we should get serious
about the law. I learned I should stop using photos from newspapers,
even with attribution. The Washingtonpost.com has a form to use to ask
permission, see, and they expect people to use it. Quoting from
articles is fine, even lifting a graph from a story, but reproducing
the whole story is a no-no. (Photos are regarded as complete works, so
using them is like lifting a whole story.) An audience member
recommended Electronic Frontier Foundation as a great source of legal info for bloggers.
- The Post’s upcoming Directory of Local Blogs was announced – there’s a screenshot photo here.
Great idea for newspapers, doncha think? It’s bound to drive a lot of
traffic to their sites. They’re even working on ways to funnel
click-based advertising income to the blogs they list.
- Technorati was mentioned often as a cool service that
sends traffic to blogs that link to Post stories. Have you noticed
this appearing on more and more newspaper sites? After each story
there’s "Who’s blogging about this story?" with a list of links. (But
I link to them all the time and usually don’t get listed – is it
something I said??)
More blogging news from the Post’s Business Section:
- Good news – bloggers have been granted press credentials by the U.S. District Court for D.C. to cover the Scooter Libby trial.
- An update on how blogs generate income.