Why Plagiarizing On Your Blog is Always a Bad Idea

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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 […] Read more…

The 3 Dumbest Ways to Get in Legal Trouble Online

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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 […] Read more…

3 Grim Legal Realities on the Web

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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 […] Read more…

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…

3 Areas of Law We Have Not Begun to Touch

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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 […] 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…

The Legal Risks in Guest Blog Posts

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Ideally, guest posts are great for both your site and for you as the webmaster. For the guest post author, it’s a way to expand their reach and talk directly to your audience. For you, it’s a way to take it a little easy one day, offer some variety for […] Read more…

The Problem with Every TOS You Sign

Last month, a change to the Instagram terms of service (TOS), which was scheduled to go into effect January 16th, sparked controversy as it led many users to believe that photos uploaded to the system could be used in advertisement without payment. Fortunately, the controversy turned out to be much […] 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…