We are pleased to announce that the Citizen Media Law Project has now
transitioned to its new name, the Digital Media Law Project.
The Citizen Media Law Project was created in 2007 to support the vibrant online culture of citizen media and independent journalism by providing free legal advice and information on a wide range of media law,
intellectual property and business law issues.
Since then, there has been an explosion of novel online journalism and
publishing ventures, with the development of new ways of bringing
information of critical public importance to light. Experiments abound
as innovators in the journalism space attempt to fill the information
gap left by the contraction of traditional news organizations. These
experiments often originate from citizen journalists attempting to
improve their own communities, but they are as likely to come from
professional journalists seeking a new voice through independent online
The expansion and complexity of the online publishing environment makes
the change from “Citizen” to “Digital” a natural progression. Jeff
Hermes, Director of the Digital Media Law Project (DMLP), explains: “Our new name recognizes the valuable contributions of all who seek to
advance independent journalism, whether citizens or professionals. The
change also reflects our own continuing development of new ways to
support the legal needs of independent journalism ventures.”
Since its launch, the project has developed a coordinated suite of legal resources to address a journalism venture’s specific needs. The DMLP’s
networks of attorneys, clients and scholars serve as an early warning
system that allows the project to respond to breaking legal issues
affecting journalism. The DMLP’s online legal guide provides detailed
information on a wide range of media and business law topics, and the
DMLP’s threats database tracks legal actions against online speech. The
DMLP also operates a 50-state pro bono lawyer referral network to
provide experienced counsel when direct representation is needed.
The project is part of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at
Harvard University, a research center founded to explore cyberspace,
share in its study, and help pioneer its development. For more
information about the Digital Media Law Project, please visit the
project website at our new URL, http://www.dmlp.org. Media inquiries may be directed to the Berkman Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.