Chile's First Bloggers Legal Workshop: Building a New Common Sense

Going to the Workshop, more On 12 of November, the first ever Chilean “Taller Legal” (Legal workshop) took place in the brand new “Santiago Library”. More than 170 people attend the event, organized by Digital Rights Organization.

The event began with a round table discussion featuring Roberto Arancibia, Miguel Paz, Arturo Catalán, Manuel Contreras y Soledad Ferreiro; Christian Leal.

Roberto talked about the corporative Blogs and the opportunity they open to talk with people. From a journalistic point of view, Arturo Catalán said that “Everyone can be reporter without studying in the university. It only depends upon you yourself, nobody else”, refers to the editors. “Journalists compete with the World”.

He speaks of the nanomedia Works with a scale economy that allow low cost, because of the smaller workforce.

Manuel Contreras spoke about how Blogs allow one to consider information that newspaper reporters are not used to consider. He also stated that media use more interpretation than information – and in that sense citizens’ Blogs can inform more than media news – and that Bloggers were the thermometer that let us know what the concerns of everyday people are.

Soledad talked about the rights of the author and the ethics of recognising authorship of the other. “This is a space of empowerment of the human being, about identity and community. Is not about the author’s right, is about the authority of the person”.

The event continued with 3 expositions about “Expression, Liberty and Right”,
“Author’s Rights and Creative Commons”, and finally “Laboral Issue of Privacy and the Internet”.

The first topic focused on the responsibility of penal issues in blogging, raising questions such as: what happens if someone comments about a illicit subject, e.g. child pornography; or what is the difference between the social media role and blogging.

“Author’s Rights and Creative Commons” detailed the practice of the author’s right to be respected in the content, and how Creative Commons work towards that goal. The final panel talked about the rights issues in Blogging activity at work; the criteria of blogging about one’s company and one’s rights should the company take action (say, dismissal) based upon this activity.

In Chile there are no particular laws governing these issues, instead generally the law of authors rights (that appears on the Free Trade Agreement with EEUU) is applied. These talks aimed towards defining common criteria that could work for the network of Bloggers, embodying common sense.

The Santiago Library is the biggest public building in Chile, and was inaugurated last November. This exposition opened the auditorium. Regarding the event, organizer Daniel Alvarez said ”We think that Blogs are participation space and we hope they will transform on the public park and we think we have to give the tools to develop the best possible practices.”

This discussion aimed towards building a common sense understanding of Blogging activity on the internet today, as foundation for criteria it will need in the future.

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  • The Workshop was really good. Our first experience and was fine. A lot of bloggers trying to learn more details about Creative Commons, Rights, Laboral and Privacy issues.

    Very good synthesis.
    -I was there-


  • Thanks to all bloggers who help us to spread the event.
    And for all who made this possible.

  • Hello rosario. I was there too and it’s a good summary of the legal workshop. Although, I believe “Derecho de Autor” is translated as “Copyright” and “Author’s Right” is not correct.
    Another thing, there is in fact a copyright law in Chile (it’s n° 17.336 called “ley de propiedad intelectual”). It was modified, though, when Chile signed the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, back in 2003. By doing so, Chile’s copyright legislation became slightly similar with the one that rules in the U.S. (I believe it’s called teh U.S. Copyright Code). Like I say, just similar. There are a lot of things that are different between both legislations.

  • The event was cool in a great place. My Faculty is building a blog, and the contents of the workshop was very useful to our project.
    Thank’s to the ONG “Derechos Digitales” for the place to learn about Copyright and Creative Commons Licences…

  • thanks to Roberto for the link to GVO – after carefully listening the workshop legal advices, I am now glad that Yahoo and Google – at least in the English version of the advanced search forms – offer the option – usage rights – it helps. How restrictive will (or, is it already?) be the copyright law toward bloggers? I would be happy to care it remains a free galaxy.

  • We’re creating something really special down here in Chile. Optimism and joy can be seen on very blog. The Legal Workshop is only the beginning!

  • Thank Carlos for the correction related to Copyright. On the other hand, really what I was trying to say is that we do not have digital write management laws (DRM) in Chile, and not Copyright as it look like.

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