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Liveblogging iblog2, Part 2

It turns out I didn't miss lunch after all. There's now a 15-minute break for lunch.

Quotable quote: While waiting for the next sessions, I was talking to Manolo and Jove, and then Jester-in-Exile joined us and exclaimed, "You're By Jove!"

According to "Speak No Evil?: Libel for Bloggers" by Marvin Aceron (below, standing), for something to be considered libelous, it must be defamatory, malicious, publicly disseminated and the victim is identifiable. After giving a real-life example of a libel case that was filed and went all the way to the Supreme Court before it was thrown out for having no basis, Aceron said that there are enough corrupt members of the judiciary that a libel case filed against a blogger may just prosper. So what are we supposed to do? Just keep on blogging =)

Jester-in-Exile asked a question about whether any nation has jurisdiction over the Internet, which Aceron answered by saying that the Philippine government got around this by saying that it had jurisdiction over the person, and so, had jurisdiction over the case. The context of the question was the recent libel case filed against PCIJ. Noel Oliver Punzalan, the moderator, added that anonymous bloggers can't be sued for libel.

While Aceron's talk was interesting, it wasn't quite as real as "Look Before You Link: Avoiding Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement and Other Pitfalls" by Bong Dizon (above, seated) because I hardly ever say anything derogatory about anyone, but I always link. If there's time later, I will be asking about the point Dizon made about one case that said deep-linking is not copyright infringement, whereas another case seems to suggest that using the headline of a news article as a link is an instance of infringement. And now it looks like my practice of using a logo or photo and turning it into a link to another site might be trademark infringement! Oh no... Was able to ask my question. It was a European case that was settled out of court, so the first case is more applicable. I'm safe =)

Dizon's recommendations: always link to the original source, cite name of author and publication, use links for reference-purposes, no inlining, don't cut-and-paste entire works, use quotes, add your own comments, respect another's traffic, golden rule, courtesy, act fairly. He ends by saying that if it's online, then we can link to it.

I was able to catch the Q&A of the Art & Literary Blogging Panel. That's Zarah Gagatiga (below, left) answering a question by delivering a short lecture on information literacy, Dean Alfar (center) and Jonas Diego.

You know you're at the Professional Blogging Panel when all the speakers have their laptops in front of them (below). They are, from left, Marc Hil Macalua, J Angelo Racoma, Charo Nuguid and Abe Olandres.

In "Problogging: Professional Blogging and Blog Monetization," Olandres shared the earnings of one of his blogs (see photo of chart below), which went from zero earnings in April 2005 to Php 25,000 in March 2006. UPDATE: See his notes and download his Powerpoint presentation here.

In "Blogging as a Profession: From Full-Time Employee to Full Time Blogger," Racoma talks about the lessons he learned: blogging can help you get a job, build your blog slowly and earn later, your blog is your online portfolio, connections can mean everything, problogging is just like any career (get pirated, too), but it's not an overnight thing. (Note: There are 7 lessons, but I discovered that I was sitting next to Jayvee Fernandez, one of the probloggers interviewed by Olandres, and so missed lesson 2.) UPDATE: See the full text here.

I was only half-listening to "Putting Search Engines to Work for Your Blog" by Macalua (and I suppose that explains why he's earning a lot from his blog, and I'm not). And so, of course, I missed his comment on Yahoo! Search Marketing.

In "Tracking Blog Performance," Nuguid mentioned that some people actually give out calling cards with their blog URLs on them. Well, I was one them at last year's iblog. I would have given out my calling cards again this year if I hadn't run out. Check out my calling card =)

Category: Blogging

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