July 11, 2015 — The past three years have seen a huge increase in the number of EU laws affecting the work of web designers, developers, bloggers, and business owners. Some of them make the web a better place to be, others make our work unnecessarily difficult, and some raise questions we all need to ask about the future of our industry. Heather will give you a plain English overview of what you need to know about the ways these laws affect you. We will run through issues including VAT, copyright, liability, privacy, data protection, and e-commerce.
July 10, 2015 — Learn how to make websites that comply with European laws and respect the privacy of your users. Both legal and technical issues will be examined: EU regulation, cookies and various forms of tracking, privacy-friendly alternatives, implications of social login, why you should always use HTTPS and a whole lot more.
July 8, 2015 — Invoicing and dealing with legal contracts can be a scary task when you’re first starting out. However, as you stay longer in business, you learn how to best deal with them. We have invited well-known experts in the industry to share their tips on scoping, contracts, invoicing, and legal.
May 31, 2015 — Whether you are a designer, a developer, a blogger, or a business owner, Heather will give you a plain English overview of this year’s legal developments which can affect your work. We run through UK, EU, and global legal issues including VAT, copyright, online privacy, e-commerce, and data protection. We also look at the widening divide between lawmakers and the creators of the digital economy and discuss what we need to do as a community to solve it.
October 10, 2014 — Regardless of CMS or platform, web designers and developers have to comply with national and EU laws affecting our work. Most of the resources about these laws are written for lawyers, by lawyers, and these resources offer little insight for those of us who are obliged to implement the laws on client sites. So once again Heather has taken it on herself to translate the legal gobbledygook into practical insights that the web community can implement. A new EU law, The Consumer Rights Directive, takes effect on 13 June 2014, replacing the 1990s trading law that currently governs e-commerce transactions in the UK. All web sites offering goods or services online must comply, and failure to do so cancels the e-commerce transaction or contract. Heather’s talk delivers a plain English explanation of what web site owners need to do to bring their WordPress e-commerce operations into line with the regulations. Heather also gives an update on recent legal developments including domains, cookies, and databases which directly affect our work as web professionals.
August 23, 2014 — As a blogger, you post photos, and probably quotes from people you interview (or, maybe you borrow quotes and content from other websites). If you have a transactional site, you’re making marketing claims. Every single one of these things can get you into legal trouble, and many bloggers are doing them horribly wrong. Which photos are illegal to post on your blog? What is “fair use,” and how does it affect bloggers, exactly? To what degree can you tweak a direct quotation from someone? What about libel and slander? And what constitutes over-promising from a marketing perspective, and how can it get you into hot water with the FTC? What you don’t know about communication law can hurt you. I’ll present examples writers who’ve found themselves stuck in a legal quagmire, and give practical guidelines and resources for keeping your blog in line.
February 24, 2014 — Social media attorney Ruth Carter shares real-life stories of people who have faced devastating consequences because of their behavior on their blogs & social media & how to avoid the same mistakes.
March 10, 2013 — This presentation, called “The Law of Twitter” is an introduction to the law of defamation and privacy, particularly as it applies to blogs and twitter. You will look into some real life cases and know about what steps can be taken by bloggers and tweeters to protect themselves from being fired from their “day jobs” or sued.
January 23, 2010 — How do you protect your intellectual property as a blogger? Should you register a trademark, a copyright? What are the rules around using third party materials? Miguel Danielson and Kimberly Isbell talk about responding to DMCA take down notices, first amendment issues, and all the other legal issues bloggers commonly face – including time for Q&A.
Special thanks to the Microsoft NERD Center for hosting WordCamp Boston.