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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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 […]

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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 […]

The Legal Risks in Guest Blog Posts

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 your readers and improve the […]

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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 That, before a bill has been passed, it’s already out of date.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 […]

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 […]

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5 Reasons Nice Guys Finish First

We are all familiar with the expression “Nice guys finish last”. The basic idea is that if you’re a nice person, working to avoid conflict and make other people happy as well as yourself, that the people without such concerns will kick and elbow their way past you, leaving them in the dust. In short, […]

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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 […]