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 ado about nothing as Instagram […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]