Quick Hits Friday: Blogging, Fair Use and Paperless Protocols

I’ve been experimenting with the Medium blogging platform the past couple of weeks, and in the “Reading List” feed there was a post about its Copyright and DMCA policy. That made me think of Ruth Carter’s book, The Legal Side of Blogging for Lawyers that was published right around ABA TECHSHOW.

We posted an excerpt from it in March that is a handy reference to share. It provides definitions, references case law (including Righthaven, which is that doesn’t ring a bell, think troll), tips on defending yourself under fair use and some tips on Creative Commons.

Yesterday I came across this post on CloudTweak on the history of backups, and found myself recalling how I had used .Mac (now iCloud) as an undergrad to save myself the hassle of disks being misread or documents coming out goofy. How far we have come indeed. In the book excerpt of Paperless in One Hour for Lawyers, Sheila Blackford and Donna S. M. Neff walk you through how to establish paperless protocols. The particular details of file naming conventions, templates, retention, storage and backups and training, just to name a few. The point is that establishing a process helps limit the paper and achieve “paperless” efficiency.

Featured image: “Fist hitting, fist punching” from Shutterstock.

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