Thursday, January 20, 2005

Welcome to my Blog!

Hello folks! Welcome to my blog for J-416. This is my first attempt at a blog, so it's going to take me a little while to get adjusted. Nonetheless, I think it's a good format, and I'm looking forward to posting.

Just some quick information on my topic. I will be attending law school next fall, and I aspire to be a lawyer and, perhaps, a politician. A lot of people have asked me why I remained a journalism major instead of changing to a traditional "pre-law" field such as philosophy. For me, the decision was simple for one main reason: journalism and the law are highly interdependent fields. The training in writing, researching, and interviewing I received from Scripps will help me tremendously in law school and my career. Likewise, journalists must constantly remain aware of the legal implications of their work. Thus, choosing my blog topic was very simple.

In the blog I hope to accomplish a few things. First of all, I will post updates about my law school admissions and financial aid decisions (some of which are currently pending). Also, I will post links to other law discussion boards and blogs, of which there are a great many. Thirdly, I will provide my own commentary on legal issues in the media. I encourage everyone to post your comments. I think this will be a cool learning experience!

Thanks guys,


Blogger Bob said...

Keep an eye out for posts related to online journalism and legal issues. There are myriad developments happening here, and there's a relative lack of case law so much of it is uncharted territory. For instance, what do you think about the legality of something like, which helps users "cheat" registration systems and see content without registering? And does your view change if bugmenot goes to the next level, providing passwords for paid sites so users don't have to ante up to see content? At that point, it becomes almost an extension of music file sharing (stealing?). I suspect there will be legal action surrounding this type of activity.

January 21, 2005 at 6:18 PM  
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Here's an interesting story about shield laws and how a blogger fits in.

January 22, 2005 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Ben Wickert said...

Thanks for posting about, Bob. I checked it out, and it definitely piqued my interest. I'm unsure about the legalities of bypassing registration, but bypassing PAID content certainly violates copyright laws. Honestly, bypassing registration-based content seems to be a convenient way of averting pesky e-mails and other unsolicited material.

Nonetheless, I do see the parallel between bypassing paid online content and the MP3 file sharing problem. Being able to avoid registering for a site seems pretty innocuous compared with STEALING paid material. It appears BugMeNot has not taken such steps as of yet. If they do, intellectual property lawyers will be licking their chops, much as in the Napster and iMESH U.S. Court Cases.

For more information on pertinent U.S. Court Cases dealing with IP law, check out the following links. You might need to enter your OU ID, because I got it from Lexis-Nexis. (NAPSTER) (iMESH)

January 25, 2005 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Wickert said...

I thought this was an interesting link regarding a law professor's blog:
Law Professor Cited in DissentThis talks about an Ohio State University Moritz College of Law professor whose blog was cited in a recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision. The professor, Doug Berman, received over 40,000 page views on his blog in one day!

For those who don't take blogs seriously as an informational medium, this is a telling story.

January 27, 2005 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Ben Wickert said...

Sorry about my prior link that didn't work...I tried writing it in code, but it failed. Here's the actual link:

If anyone can remind me how to make and name a hyperlink, I'd appreciate it! Thanks, BW

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