Last week I spent a few hours browsing the shelves at the University of Hertfordshire’s law library. Most of the books on Internet Law are heavy on copyright, contract law, malicious hacking and the data protection act. Very few give libel and other issues that arise within user generated content spaces more than a mention.
Then I came across McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, which has nearly 90 pages covering defamation law. There are also chapters on contempt of court, the publication of children’s details, race relations, privacy, and the Data Protection Act.
Written for journalists rather than lawyers, it’s easy to understand and provides helpful real life examples of each legal principle. McNae’s is the single most useful law resource I’ve come across for community managers.