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Why Plagiarizing On Your Blog is Always a Bad Idea

By now, everyone should know that plagiarizing on your blog is ethically wrong and, in most cases, illegal. If you get caught the punishments can be severe as you can face legal consequences, including copyright infringement lawsuits, DMCA takedown notices and more, as well as damage to your reputation and your career. But let’s say […]

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Your Site, Your Security, Your Responsibility

Last time, we talked a great deal about why you never want to go to court and the reasons that good attorneys will fight tooth and nail to keep you to out of court and away from judges/juries. However, one of the sad truths of the Internet is that it’s easily possible to find yourself […]

Why You Never Want to Go to Court

Here’s a simple question to frustrate your attorney: “Is it legal to do _________?” For one, if it’s something you have to ask, there’s likely no clear answer to it. No matter what area of law it is, online or off, if you need to ask whether something is legal you’re probably doing something that’s […]

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Why Good Laws Go Bad

In Florida, the state legislature wanted to crack down on what it felt was a growing problem of Internet cafe gambling. To do so, it felt that the best way was to place steep restrictions on the types of machines that would be considered legal in the state for gambling-like activities. As a result, they […]

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The 3 Dumbest Ways to Get in Legal Trouble Online

Though the law may never fully catch up to the pace of innovation on the Internet, it certainly is trying and there are a lot of ways you can find yourself in legal trouble on the Web. Many of the ways are obscure, complex and difficult to avoid. Is using that passage from a site […]

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3 Grim Legal Realities on the Web

One of the great things about the Internet is how it makes us feel. It can easily seem like the Web is a secure, anonymous and inviting place that enables you to either get in touch with your closest friends or reach out to an audience of millions. The Internet is home to YouTube, the […]

What the Meltwater Case Could Mean for Bloggers

Last month, a federal district judge in New York City handed down a controversial ruling in the case of Associated Press (AP) v. Meltwater. The mammoth 91-page decision, a summary judgment in favor of the AP, was a crushing defeat for the news aggregation service Meltwater, which is left considering “options” after the decision was […]

Why You Should Care About Supreme Court Decisions

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the controversial and divisive case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, essentially backing the importation and resale of goods, included copyrighted ones, purchased abroad. The case centered around Supap Kirtsaeng, a Thailand native and a now-former student in the U.S. He carved out a business […]

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3 Areas of Law We Have Not Begun to Touch

Copyright, trademark, privacy and pornography. These are all issues that, while still very much unsettled, we’ve at least begun to address online. While not all of the answers have been great, there are signs that the law is thinking about these issues and that the wheels of justice are grinding forward. So while that may […]

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Should Bloggers Care About Copyright Infringement?

If you blog long enough, it’s not so much a matter of if but when your site gets infringed upon. Between the spammers that are likely to scrape your posts, plagiarist bloggers that will take what they like as their own and others who will try to share your content in ways that don’t give […]