What the Meltwater Case Could Mean for Bloggers

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 […] Read more…

Should Bloggers Care About Copyright Infringement?

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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 […] Read more…

Are Bloggers Journalists? Are Journalists Bloggers?

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In 2010, a survey conducted by PRWeek and PRNewswire found that over half of all bloggers consider themselves to be journalists. This was up from just a third of all bloggers two years before. The question of whether or not bloggers are journalists is an old one and it can […] Read more…

3 Self-Gifts to Protect Your Blog Legally

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The holiday season, for most, is a time for giving gifts to others. However, it’s also often a time of being generous to oneself and enjoying the finer things in life that, often times, we deprive ourselves most of the year. When it comes to your blog and the laws […] Read more…

Google’s Pirate Penalty Adds Another Reason to Not Plagiarize Online

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If you didn’t already know that it wasn’t a good idea to plagiarize content on the Web, you missed a lot of reasons to not do it. Not only is it ethically dubious, almost always illegal and prone to serious duplicate content penalties from Google, but it’s also a quick […] Read more…

How to Write a Proper Copyright Notice

How to Write a Proper Copyright Notice
Even if you are completely unfamiliar with copyright law, you’re probably aware that most websites have some kind of copyright notice in their footer and, as such, you probably should too. However, anything worth doing is worth doing well and, while a copyright notice isn’t particularly difficult, doing it wrong […] Read more…

Avoid Legal Trouble by Knowing Copyrights Matter on the Social Web, Too

Avoid Legal Trouble by Knowing Copyrights Matter on the Social Web, Too
Bloggers and online publishers have to follow copyright laws just as any traditional publisher must.  However, there is a gray area of copyright law, called fair use, that many online publishers refer to when their content is called into question. So what are the copyright laws and fair use legalese […] Read more…