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Articles by Jeffrey Hermes

Jeffrey Hermes is director of the Citizen Media Law Project and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1997. Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Jeff assisted a wide array of clients in First Amendment, media, intellectual property and Internet law issues as a partner in the litigation practice of Brown Rudnick LLP and later as counsel to Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C. in Boston. Over the last fourteen years, Jeff has represented an international media network and its subsidiaries, major metropolitan newspapers, local broadcasters on television and radio, Internet-based publishers and social media networks.
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From Lockerbie to Richard Jewell to anthrax: The Boston Marathon bombings were far from the first incident to spark inaccurate reporting about an alleged suspect. Here’s what the case law tells us about liability.
In going after mugshot sites, a plaintiff in Toledo is seeking to make the right of publicity extend to non-endorsement uses of people’s images.
The San Francisco Public Press has finally, after 32 months, been granted 501(c)(3) status — a positive sign for its peers still waiting.
The director of the Citizen Media Law Project says the decision puts a dent in a common claim of those seeking defamation suits.