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Web Users Would Support Code of Conduct

Though blogging, Web 2.0 applications, and user-generated content sites represent the still-wild, untamed frontier of the Internet, most users would not resist efforts to settle the laws of this territory. According to a story in the Guardian, nearly half of Internet users would support a voluntary code of conduct for bloggers and online commentators, according to a survey by DLA Piper. The survey revealed that currently, roughly 75 percent of Web users who have posted comments on blogs and news sites had no understanding of laws governing libel, defamation or intellectual property that might potentially apply to their conduct on the Web.

At the same time, while 46 percent of Web users were receptive to a voluntary code of conduct, users' current actions suggest otherwise.  At present, only one third of Web users surveyed actually read the legal liabilities in the terms of conditions of Web sites that they use.  And 14 percent have had content removed from a site due to violation of applicable terms and conditions. Bottom line: While Web users may say they want a code of conduct, in practice, few obey the rules in place now.

Do you support a code of conduct for Web users?  And if so, what features would it include?

(H/T to ABA Journal.)

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 14, 2008 at 11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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