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2001/04/00: "Watch That Last Step-Down" (Letter to the Editor), Car Collector, April 2001, at 6-7

"[Y]our January 2001 issue was not only the greatest but also an encyclopedia of lore. . . .  Where do I start? . . .  Savell outdid himself."

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Spring 2001: "Faultlines," AI Magazine, Spring 2001 (formerly at http://www.ai-magazine.org/spring01/faultlines4.htm)

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2001/09/15: "Two Steps to Safer Web Links," Folio : The Magazine for Magazine Management, September 15, 2001, at 9

"Hot links and Web site addresses are an easy and popular value-added service to surfers, and are popping up everywhere on magazines' Internet pages. But, says Lawrence Savell, counsel in the New York office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, carrying those URLs, linking to independent Web sites, and letting non-affiliated Internet entities use your magazine's Internet address can be a risky proposition. Not only can users become distracted and turn to a competitor for information, there's also the question of liability: Any Web site that carries links of other URLs runs the risk of being held in some way accountable for content not created by the site. A perfectly reputable source could, for example, have not-- so-publicized connections to an Internet gambling organization. 'You have to be conscious of everything that's out there,' warns Savell. 'You don't want to be drawn into a time-consuming and expensive lawsuit.'

"Publishers who decide to carry such links should take two relatively easy precautions, says Savell. First, post a simple disclaimer on the bottom of your site announcing that linked sites are in no way affiliated with the magazine. 'People need to know that, although you are linking to a specific Web site or that it is linking to yours, you're doing it only as a courtesy and you don't endorse the site in any way,' says Savell. Second, draw up an agreement resolving all copyright, logo and associated issues, and require administrators of linked Web sites to sign it. 'By doing these things, you're basically saying "enter at your own risk" and "we wash our hands of responsibility concerning the other site,"' explains Savell. 'This is one case where an ounce of prevention is really worth it.'"

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2001/12/01: "Watch Those Letters To the Editor," Folio : The Magazine for Magazine Management, December 1, 2001, at 10

"Although feedback from readers is always important to a fair and balanced magazine, says Lawrence Savell, an attorney with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, letters can present a variety of legal issues for a title.  'A publisher could face potential liability if, for example, the letter were obscene, libeled someone or invaded another's privacy--assuming that all of the elements of the claims were established,' he explains.  In order to avoid a sticky legal situation, an editor can, of course, choose not to print any feedback at all.  But for those who do decide to run reader input, Savell offers a few tips.

"First, editors should exercise discretion--and common sense--when selecting which letters to run.  Second, says Savell, 'the staff should verify that letters received truly are from those from whom they purport to be; obviously, don't run those that cannot be so verified.'  Third, editors should publish a set of conditions under which the title accepts letters for consideration, and indicate that submission of a letter constitutes agreement to those terms.  Such terms might include that the magazine is under no obligation to print letters, that the staff has the right to edit them, and that anything submitted will not be returned. And, adds Savell: 'A disclaimer advising readers that the letters represent the opinions and views of their writers--and not necessarily those of the magazine--might also be useful.'"

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