1.  "Minimize Your Legal Risks," Folio, January 1, 2001, at 25-26  View High-Resolution .PDF Version

ProQuest Abstract: "In an era of increasing litigation and staggering court judgments against the media, magazine editors and staff need to be alert to and minimize potential claims and liabilities. Questions that should be asked when preparing articles for publication include: 1. Are you defaming anyone? 2. Are you invading anyone's privacy? 3. Are you infringing anyone's copyrights? 4. Have you protected yourself with a written contract? 5. Are you infringing anyone's trademarks? 6. Are you letting others post material on you Web site? 7. Are you linking to other sites? 8. Are you making health claims or other promises?"

Subject Terms: Magazines, Web sites, Liability, Guidelines, Defamation, Copyright, Trademarks

Classification Codes: 8690: Publishing industry, 5250: Telecommunications systems & Internet communications, 4330: Litigation, 9150: Guidelines, 9190: United States

Contentville Abstract: "Recommends legal issues to consider when preparing articles for publication magazines and suggests ways for minimizing such risks. Defamation; Invasion of privacy; Copyright infringement; Protection via a written contract; Trademark infringement; Posting of others' materials on one's site; Links to other sites; Health claims or other promises."

2.  "Can an Editor Go Too Far?," Folio, March 1, 2001, at 21-22  View High-Resolution .PDF Version

ProQuest Abstract: "A broad range of actions have been brought in response to perceived excesses in editorial discretion, including alleged copyright violations, trademark violation, unfair competition, breach of contract, misrepresentation and even libel. There are a number of steps you can take to protect your magazine, including: 1. Make sure that the changes you make are accurate, and have not added typographical or substantive errors to the article. 2. If you are contemplating significant deletions or substantive changes, let the author know what they are, possibly through providing galleys, and try to obtain his or her consent, preferably in writing."

Subject Terms: Magazines, Editing , Liability, Professional relationships, Guidelines

Classification Codes: 8690: Publishing industry, 4330: Litigation, 9150: Guidelines, 9190: United States

Contentville Abstract: "Deals with perceived excesses in editorial discretion. Surge of a broad range of legal actions; Danger in deletions of content; Typographical errors; List of steps that publishers should take to protect their magazines."

Northern Light: "Summary: The right to edit is not limitless. Perceived excesses in editorial discretion have spurred a broad range of legal actions. And courts are starting to grow more receptive to these claims."

 

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