Photography is Not a Crime, or is It?

Carlos MillerDo you have the right to film police? Do the police have the right to delete video (or any) files from your cell phone? Are you allowed to photograph the exterior of federal buildings?

These are all good questions taken from real-life examples.

When Miami-based multimedia journalist Carlos Miller started Photography is Not a Crime (PINAC) in 2007 he set out answer these and many other questions photographer, videographers and journalists face in the digital age.

Miller himself has been arrested twice for photographing police, and has beaten both cases. Over the past four years PINAC as been featured in a number of regional and national publications, including USA Today, the New York Times, ABC News and many others. In 2009 the site even won the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best of Blog Award for “Best Overall Blog,” beating almost 200 other local blogs.

Through it all Miller has become an expert at visual first amendment rights and their application in the digital age.

Now, he’s bringing his expertise to metro Atlanta for the second annual Media Law in the Digital Age conference. Join Miller and a slew of other renown journalists, experts and academics Oct. 22, 2011 on the campus of Kennesaw State University for a day of learning and networking no online publisher or content producer can afford to miss.

The media landscape is always changing, especially in the digital age. The best way to protect yourself and your organization is to stay abreast on the rules of today.

A few key take-aways:

  • Mobile Apps: What exactly is geolocation and what legal risks accompany the use of geolocation data for content tailoring?
  • Is Recording in Public a Crime? What you need to know now.
  • The biggest question in digital media is how to make money at it. There are a thousand different answers to that question, but all of them are subject to state and federal law.
  • Learn what the statutory and regulatory regimes are for advertising and promotion.
  • Social Media and Its Legal Implications: Understand the pitfalls of engaging in social media.
  • What you need to know about social media and claims for invasion of privacy and dissemination of private facts.
  • Be aware of the violations of social media site terms of service and how it can affect you.
  • What does the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act mean for you.
  • Recognize the risks posed by spoofers and impersonators.
  • How to manage the legal risks arising out of user-generated content.
  • Understand what you need to know about the Safe harbor of Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • How to comply with the DMCA’s statutory requirements and how to limit legal exposure from trademark violations in user content.
  • What to do you do when asked to comply with a subpoena for user’s information.
  • When you need a license to use a certain copyrighted work and when you can rely upon the doctrine of fair use or the concept of the “public domain”.

October 22 is just around the corner. Don’t miss your chance at a seat.


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