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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 […]

Are Bloggers Journalists? Are Journalists Bloggers?

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 be an important one legally. […]

5 Laws Bloggers Can Be Thankful For

When it comes to blogging and the law, we hear a great deal about what the law prohibits us from doing. Bloggers are quick to gripe when they can’t post the music they want on their site, say what they want about another person or generally do all of the things that they want to […]

3 Blogging Legal Nightmares That Actually Happened

In seven short days, it will be Halloween. But while the the ghosts practice their moaning and the werewolves sharpen their fangs, I’m reminded of an old maxim that nothing is more frightening than a scary story that happens to be true. Unfortunately for bloggers, there happens to be a great deal to be scared […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Fear Being Sued (Too Much)

No one wants to be sued, ever. Most of us would rather resolve our differences through negotiation, communication and, failing that, arm wrestling, drag races or just about any other means. Yet, when people get angry online, it seems to be that’s the first a lot of people do, threaten a lawsuit. While you shouldn’t […]

Avoiding the Legal Perils of Video Blogging

Blogging is increasingly becoming a multimedia activity with more writers also adding images, audio and video to their sites. But while video blogging, or vlogging, is a great way to reach out to a new audience and engage your existing audience in a new way, it brings with it a whole new set of legal […]

What the Law Says About User-Generated Content

Most sites these days are a mixture of content created by the site’s creator and content uploaded by those who visit it. The exact formula changes depending on the site itself. For example, a less-travelled blog may have thousands of posts by the author and only a handful of comments by readers. On the other […]

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3 Ways Reality Trumps Law

Online, we like to talk about what that law says. Plenty of people will give you a rundown of what is and what is not considered legal in a variety of areas of law, including copyright, trademark, defamation (libel), advertising, privacy and so forth. However, for all of the talk of what the law says, […]

5 Areas of Law Every Blogger Should Know

Blogging is an activity that is fraught with legal peril. Though most bloggers will go their entire lives without a lawsuit or a serious legal threat, it does happen and regularly. It’s important to remember that blogging is, for the purpose of the law, the same as running your own newspaper or TV station. Every […]