Legal, Copyright and Comment Policy


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Please note: It has been the policy at MTP since 2006 that anonymous or pseudonymous comments will not be reviewed or posted if we don’t know who you are.  This is particularly true if you post a comment anonymously and we believe that you are trolling for the company discussed in the post, especially Google, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Sirius or Pandora. We’ve been at this for a while now, and we are pretty good trollspotters, so save yourself some time.


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Materials on this website have been prepared for informational purposes only and do not constitute advertising, a solicitation, or legal advice. Transmission of the materials and information contained herein is not intended to create, and receipt thereof does not constitute formation of, an attorney-client relationship regardless of how it is received (including in any comments and in any user comments submitted for posting but not published).  Transmissions on this website are not intended to be real-time contact with end users.  The information contained in this website is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments; accordingly, information on this website is not promised or guaranteed to be correct or complete.

Internet subscribers and online readers should not rely upon this information for any purpose without seeking legal advice from a licensed attorney in the reader’s state. If you require legal counsel, contact the attorney referral service of your state bar association, for example, for California residents.

The State Bar of Texas provides this information for persons seeking an attorney:

I can’t afford an attorney. What are my options?

You should go to TexasLawHelp, which helps low and moderate income Texans find free legal aid programs in their communities.  To see a listing of legal service providers by county, see the 2010 Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans, which can also be found at (under “Helpful Websites for the Public”).

If you do not qualify for legal aid, contact the Lawyer Referral Information Service at 1-800-252-9690. Through the Lawyer Referral Information Service, a prospective client can have a thirty-minute consultation with an attorney for $20.00. At the end of the consultation, the attorney will determine if they will be able to represent the prospective client and discuss the price structure.


Threats on the editors, authors, or readers of or their families will not be posted and are taken literally and seriously, including threats posted elsewhere. It is impossible for anyone to determine from a comment that a person is “only joking” or “didn’t mean it.” You may disagree, but we don’t and we get to decide on this blog.  If you don’t mean it, don’t say it. 


We welcome comments.  (See “Anonymous or Pseudonymous Comments” above.)  Before any comment can be posted, it must be intelligible to us.  Meaning that we have to be able to understand it.  The comments section is intended to provide a forum to discuss and debate  current posts from readers who disclose their identities.  We reserve the right to limit the time that comments may be able to be submitted for posting.

We make no warranty as to the accuracy of  readers’ comments, nor do we condone or affirm the opinions of reader-based  comments. Discuss the issue at hand and do not go off topic. The comments  section is not a place for partisan debates. Please be courteous to your fellow commenters.

We are unlikely to post comments from those who comply with our policies here but turn around and are gratuitously insulting elsewhere.  We are not trying to stop you saying it elsewhere, but we won’t give you a platform here.  Offensive language, cursing  (including replacing letters with characters), racial or ethnic slurs, and  sexist remarks will not be posted.  We also tend not to publish comments that are of the “I thought of that first” or “me, too” variety.  Write your own blog if you want to express those ideas.

Comments may be processed using WordPress or other means.  We cooperate with civil and criminal investigations, including providing civil and criminal investigators with any and all information available from a comment  (see “Threats”).  This includes unapproved and unposted comments, as well as email addresses and IP addresses and copies of comments regardless of whether the comment was posted.  Comments that we determine are overtly pitching business or self-promoting will not be posted.  Comments with links will not be posted.

MTP editors may from time to time utilize tools, including the WordPress discussion tools, to confirm the identity of commenters.

Have a nice day.