What Types of Legal Problems do Online Publishers Run Into Today? Here’s an Analysis
The great bulk of the casework has been corporate law advice such as formation, content consultation, trademark, and intellectual property advice. Actual litigation is only about 11 percent of the load, with defense against defamation and tort claims leading the litigation category.
What are the biggest legal issues affecting online news organizations, large and small? One group that has a unique perspective on that question is Harvard’s Digital Media Law Project, which for more than four years has run the Online Media Legal Network, which provides pro bono or low-cost legal services to digital publishers.
In a new report out today, DMLP’s Jeff Hermes and Andy Sellars look at the 500-plus cases they’ve handled and try to determine some trends in the legal questions they’re being asked
PDF link to the full report
UPDATE: I missed two categories from the table in the original draft, so the litigation percent has been changed from 26 % to 11 %.