If you're doing business on the Live Web, get thee this Wednesday, October 10, to EFF's Bootcamp, "a one-day session for Web 2.0 workers on user generated content:"
Does your interactive company have to contend with the maze of laws dealing with user privacy and publishing user content? Want to do the right thing by the online community that gives your business value, and still fulfill your legal obligations?
EFF is hosting a one-day session for Web 2.0 workers who handle issues arising from users and user-generated content. From DMCA to CDA to ECPA, the law surrounding internet content can be confusing, especially for the folks who have to decide on the fly whether to let something stay up or take it down, or whether to give their customer's name to the FBI agent on the phone. Let us help.
This is an incredible and cheap (between $100 - $200) opportunity to learn how to spot and avoid trouble from the best of the best in this field: EFF's staff attorneys. (If the registration fee is still too rich for your blood, then apply for one of the 20 available Google-sponsored scholarships, explained here.)
I am hard pressed to conceive of a Web-based communication platform, community, or business model that doesn't need this kind of overview. For nine examples of why, check out Rafe Needleman's 9 fun ways Web 2.0 startups can commit legal suicide, gleaned from an interview with Fred von Lohmann in conjunction with the upcoming event:
Von Lohmann's two big takeaways: First, be sure you know when you're stepping into a danger zone. Music? Financial data? Private information? Kids? Don't let yourself think you're more clever than another industry's legal machine. Second, realize that no matter how hard you try to stay clean, 'You're probably doing something wrong already. For the most part it doesn't matter, but something just might.'
For yet more examples of the legal minefields Web businesses must daily navigate, you might want to eavesdrop on Fred von Lohmann's IP and Innovation Policy class at Stanford by way of its blog. Bring your Aleve; plenty of brain teasers there.
Bootcamp starts at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at Fenwick & West in Mountain View. (Brilliant move by the firm, hosting this. I'm sure plenty of Fenwick's existing clients are thrilled for the opportunity, and once EFF's staff has had the chance to
terrify educate all the non-client attendees, the stampede to sign the firm's retainer letter will leave some wondering how they wound up in Pamplona.)