We welcome submissions on topics relevant to our content!
You do not need to be a lawyer; you need only be knowledgeable about your topic.
Writings should address a timely legal and/or policy issue related to creating, sharing, or otherwise using information in a digital or online environment. Our readers include universities & colleges, schools, libraries, authors, copyright compliance officers, museums, law firms, corporations, non-profits, and more.
Appropriate areas of law include (but are not limited to) copyright, privacy, speech, media, and Internet laws. We regularly accept writings that address international issues of law or legal policy or that compare the laws or legal policies of different jurisdictions (the U.S. and Canada are of primary interest to our readers).
- Be addressed to our readers, who are educated about relevant areas of law (particularly copyright) but generally are not lawyers (though some readers are).
- Provide practical application/advice where possible.
- Be 1,500–2,000 words in length.
- Use a crisp, straightforward writing style. Informal is fine, but do not be as casual as most personal bloggers.
- Follow the Style Guidelines below and rely on The Chicago Manual of Style for additional guidance. (The BlueBook may be used for legal citations.)
We will consider outlines and well-developed ideas if accompanied by a writing sample.
Send submissions and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Include hyperlinks where appropriate.
- Use footnotes where appropriate to support a statement or for citation purposes.
- Always provide proper citation for case or statutory law.
- Use U.S. spelling and punctuation (as opposed to UK or Canadian).
- Use the serial (Oxford) comma!
- Correct: I want to thank my parents, Bill Nye, and God.
- Incorrect: I want to thank my parents, Bill Nye and God.
- Avoid passive voice unless you have a reason for using it.
- Correct: A road runs along the river.
- Incorrect: There is a road that runs along the river.
- Avoid using “copyrighted;” instead, use “copyright-protected,” “protected work,” or similar.
- Apply a minimum of formatting and word-processing styles.