The House Judiciary Committee is currently considering a federal shield law for journalists, which would generally protects reporters from being forced to reveal their sources.

While this is not the first time Congress has considered such legislation, this version is a little unique. It includes bloggers under the shield.

Well, maybe not all of us.

The modified bill that passed the committee today included a provision that limits its protections to those who make “financial gain or livelihood” from their journalism. Bloggers who make ten bucks a quarter from their Google ads seem unlikely to get protection, though this will depend on how broadly the courts interpret “financial gain.”

Of course, whether the courts ever get to decide will depend on whether or not the proposal actually becomes law this time around.

But this is still an interesting acknowledgment of the growing influence of web-based media.

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