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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 […]

3 Self-Gifts to Protect Your Blog Legally

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 that govern it, it’s no […]

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 […]

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The Problem with the Law and the Internet

One of the constant quips that people have about the law when it comes to the Internet is that it always seems to be behind the technology. That, before a bill has been passed, it’s already out of date. Most of the time, that’s very true. Even legislation that attempts to be forward-thinking, such as […]

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 […]

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

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 ways to make enemies of […]

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 […]