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When the Blogger Blogs, Can the Employer Intervene?

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 26 Apr 2005 20:49:03 -0400


There are about 10 million blogs out there, give or take, including
one belonging to Niall Kennedy, an employee at Technorati, a small San
Francisco-based company that, yes, tracks blogs.

Like many employees at many companies, Mr. Kennedy has opinions, even
when he is not working. One evening last month, he channeled one of
those off-duty opinions into a satiric bit of artwork -- an
appropriation of a "loose lips sink ships" World War II-era propaganda
poster altered to provide a harsh comment on the growing fears among
corporations over the blogging activities of their employees. He then
posted it on his personal Web log.

But in a paradoxical turn, Mr. Kennedy's employer, having received
some complaints about the artwork, stepped in and asked him to
reconsider the posting and Mr. Kennedy complied, taking the image

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