Attorney Ronald Coleman, general counsel for the Media Bloggers' Association, has written a most excellent letter to the Tulsa World after it threatened blogger Michael Bates for linking to its content and quoting small bits from the newspaper from time to time, in what has become the standard blog manner. My favorite paragraph of the letter:
Your organization's attempt to intimidate a small media competitor and a critic with the threat of legal action over his free speech is ironic, but it is unfortunately not unique. The Media Bloggers Association Legal Defense Project was formed expressly for the purpose of providing legal advice and counsel, and if necessary to assist in securing local counsel, for webloggers and others whose freedom of expression is threatened by established institutions who act as if the purpose of the First Amendment were to protect a sort of media monopoly. It is not.