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Drones: Regulation and Practices
A report compiling and summarizing the FAA’s rules, known as Part 107. Part 107 governs any use of a drone “for non-hobby and non-recreational purposes,” which includes the use of drones by members of the media. In addition, the report covers other applicable federal regulations, best practices, criminal statutes that might be implicated with drone use, and potential developments in 2018, along with links to helpful portals, policies and other resources.

Articles and Reports on New Developments
Can the Government Compel Speech to Avoid Discriminatory Behavior?; “Disintermediation,” Blocking, and the First Amendment: Knight Institute Sues President Trump for Blocking Critical Twitter Followers; Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Biometric Data After 2017; The Neutral Reportage Doctrine: MIA. Doesn’t Good Journalism Demand It?

MediaLawLetter January 2018
Trump’s Legal Threats Against Bannon and Wolff Are as Empty as They Are Foolish; Court Quashes Subpoena for TV Station’s Interview With Alleged Sexual Assault Victim; 9th Cir. Affirms Dismissal of Hungarian Olympian’s Defamation Claims; Libel By Twitter Claim Against Actor James Woods Dismissed; Section 230 Shields Twitter, Facebook, and Google from Terrorism and Emotional Distress Claims; From the MLRC Insurance Committee: Dispute Over Scope of Insurance Policy’s “War” Exclusions Rests On “Layperson” Understanding of Term; Ten Questions to a Media Lawyer: Julie Ford; and more.

The Monthly Daily
Media law news round-up from Deputy Director Jeff Hermes. IN THIS FIERY AND FURIOUS ISSUE: No 3D printed gun for you | When it comes to rap music, everything is an emergency to the LAPD | The definition of torture porn | Hate the player, not the in-game avatar | What do Denver and Newark have in common, besides nothing?

The Naughty, Nice, and Nonsensical: Media Law in 2017
Deputy Director Jeff Hermes presents the 2017 Yearly Monthly Daily Awards.

Challenges and Solutions for Media Companies and Their Journalist Workforces in Harnessing the Internet’s Power While Avoiding Its Pitfalls
A report from the Employment Committee addressing two very timely issues: (1) How to encourage journalist employees’ use of social media while attempting to reasonably limit that use through policies and workplace rules; and (2) How to deal with the increased frequency with which journalists are subjected to abuse and harassment due to works published online.

Model Brief on Access to the Executive Branch
Model brief setting forth arguments and legal arguments meant to form the basis for a motion seeking media access to the executive branch. The Model Brief includes multiple potential constitutional arguments that could be made to obtain access to various activities of the executive branch. 

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