i. Purpose Statement
The purpose of this website is to inform
readers of the legal issues associated with blogging, an emerging form
of communication. This website was created by Will Cross and
Brian Wise as an assignment for Professor Gasaway's Cyberspace Law
Seminar at the University of North Carolina School of Law. This
website exists for educational purposes only and does not purport to
offer legal advice.
ii. What is a Blog?
A blog is a website in which items are posted
on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order.
The content of the blog is determined by the blogger or author who
posts regular entries to the blog. Some blogs focus on specific
subjects while other blogs discuss every inane minute of the bloggers
life, including what kind of potato chips they bought at the grocery
store this afternoon. Blog content often combines text, pictures
and links to websites and other blogs.
- Blogging is believed to have began in 1995 as a form of online journal-keeping.
- Blogger.com launched in the summer of 1999, brought blogging to the masses by allowing internet users with limited technical know-how the ability to blog.
- Rate of Growth: A blog is added to the blogosphere every second, the blogosphere has doubled in the past 5 months The ever-expanding blogosphere: A Google search for “blog” returns nearly 2 billion results.
- Politics: Trent Lott’s downfall as Senate leader has generally been attributed to criticism originating from the blogosphere concerning his remarks regarding Strom Thurmond.
- Blogging for Bucks: If you can develop an
audience and generate the accompanying internet hits, you may be able
to get paid for your work RSS or really simply syndication: Allow
readers to automatically get headlines from selected blogs.