Wednesday, February 27, 2008

No man is good enough to govern another man
without that other's consent
~ Abraham Lincoln

Election is without a doubt the hottest topic in town. Buka surat khabar, election news. Buletin Utama, all election news for the first ½ hour (the best one yesterday was the report on the 89 years old Calon Bebas. You rock, lah Tok!) Even bloggers, including me today, blogs about Election.

This is supposed to be my first time performing my right and responsibility as a Voter. However, I will not do so as we are going to board the first flight to KT at 7++ a.m. for Hazri and Wahida’s aqad ceremony. Sorry Malaysia, tanggungjawab dalam bersahabat comes first. Sebenarnya we booked the tickets way before Election date was announced, kalau tidak, some other arrangement might be a possibility.

Fellow bloggers, do you know that your blog might expose you to legal liabilities? If the answer is no, let me give you some free legal advice.

Firstly, you don’t want to fall into the trap of the Copyright and Trademark issue. Therefore, always apply the rules of thumb of blogging: (1) Thou shall use thy own image/free images and if you use others’, be sure to put up credits to the owner; and of course, (2) Thou shall not attempt to do a H*udson (for those who aren’t aware of the infamous H*udson issue, this means, Refrain Yourself From Plagiarism). Ngeee.

Secondly, the issue of Defamation (Libel, to be exact, as blog is in written form), which I think is a very fine line from Gossiping. Jadi, berhati-hati dalam bergosip/mengumpat/mengata di dunia maya.

Then there’s Sedition, another legal risk when your blogs could be perceived as generating racial disturbances and/or hatred towards the government/ruler. With the Election approaching, many bloggers, I think, will fall into this risk. Jadi, berhati-hatilah. Jika tidak tertangkap, tidak mengapa. Jika tertangkap tetapi berani menghadapi repercussion, tidak mengapa. Tetapi jika tidak mahu tertangkap dan tidak berani, berhati-hati!

Now back to finishing legal advices for clients who actually pay.

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