Blogging and Tweeting without Getting Sued

A global guide to the law for anyone writing online

Mark Pearson
AUD $22.99

What you post on a blog or tweet to your followers can get you arrested or cost you a lot of money in legal battles. This practical guide shows you how to stay out of trouble when you write online.

Every time you blog or tweet you may be subject to the laws of more than 200 jurisdictions. As more than a few bloggers or tweeters have discovered, you can be sued in your own country, or arrested in a foreign airport as you're heading off on vacation - just for writing something that wouldn't raise an eyebrow if you said it in a bar or a cafe.

In this handy guide, media law expert Mark Pearson explains how you can get your message across without landing yourself in legal trouble. In straightforward language, he explains what everyone writing online needs to know about free speech, reputation and defamation, privacy, official secrets and national security, copyright and false advertising.

Whether you host a celebrity Facebook page, tweet about a hobby, or like to think of yourself as a citizen journalist, you need this guide to keep on the right side of cyberlaw.

Author bio:

Mark Pearson is a professor of journalism at Bond University, and co-author of The Journalist's Guide to Media Law. He is a correspondent for Reporters Without Borders and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Australian.

Blog:; Twitter: @journlaw; Facebook: Journ Law

Category: Writing & Language
ISBN: 9781742378770
Table Of Contents: Preface


1 Down to basics: the legal risks of going global in a flash

2 Cyberlibel and reputational damage online

3 See you in court . . .

4 Identity, anonymity and deception

5 Privacy and security

6 Confidentiality in a medium with few secrets

7 The fine line between opinion and bigotry

8 Copycats and corporate capers

9 Big Brother and you: censorship hotspots and security laws

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Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: April 2012
Page Extent: 240
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Creative writing & creative writing guides

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