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In this Legal Question of the Week, SPLC experts address if student media are liable for AI-generated content they publish.
Q: Can the police or campus security search our newsroom to get unpublished photos, notes or videos? A: Almost never. The federal Privacy Protection Act makes it illegal for law enforcement officers or government officials to search a newsroom (or anywhere else where newsgathering materials are kept, such as the trunk of a reporter’s car)… Continue reading Can police search our newsroom?
SPLC experts explain a recent case which determined that charter school students’ rights are protected as they are in public schools.
SPLC experts break down the latest information on who maintains ownership of AI-generated content that is used in a student publication.
Courts have made clear that mandatory prior review at a public college violates the First Amendment.
Passed in 1989 and updated in 2021, the law protects the press freedom of Iowa’s public school student journalists and their advisers. The law says that student media cannot be censored by school officials, except in certain very narrow circumstances, and that advisers cannot be penalized for refusing to infringe on their students’ press rights. … Continue reading A Guide to Iowa’s Student Free Expression Law
Since 1988, Massachusetts law has protected the right of public students, including student journalists, to publish and disseminate their views. The law says that student expression can only be limited in cases of disruption or disorder within the school. This brochure, which was last updated in August 2023, provides information about the law and its… Continue reading A Guide to the Massachusetts Student Free Expression Law
First passed in 1990 and updated in 2020, the law (C.R.S.A. § 22-1-120) protects the press freedom of Colorado’s public school student journalists and their advisers. The law says that student media cannot be censored except in certain very narrow circumstances, and that school employees cannot be penalized for refusing to infringe on a student’s… Continue reading A Guide to Colorado’s Student Free Expression Law