I posted a link to this on my JustDugUp.com tumblelog, but felt this was too important not to share here as well.
Part of my daily activity now includes research for Project Blogger to assist Julie Ferenzi with her Living In Plainfield blog. That includes things to avoid. Sometimes I communicate information directly with her, but most of the time the information has a more universal appeal. This is indeed the case with 12 Important U.S. Laws Every Blogger Needs To Know.
This is an extremely well written, plain English post that covers these important areas:
- Whether to Disclose Paid Posts
- Is Deep Linking Legal
- The Legal Use of Images and Thumbnails
- Laws that Protect You From Stolen Content
- Domain Name Trademark Issues
- Handling Private Data About Your Readers
- Who Owns User-Developed Content and Can You Delete It
- The Duty to Monitor Your Blog Comments, and Liability
- Basic Tax Law Issues in Blogging
- Limited Liability Laws and Incorporating
- Spam Laws and Which Unsolicited Emails are Legal
- Are Bloggers Protected from Journalism Shield Laws
This is worth the time to read. And... note the disclaimer at the bottom of their post:
- Disclaimer: Legal Information is Not Legal Advice
This article has provided information about the law designed to help readers better understand the legal issues surrounding blogging. But legal information is not the same as legal advice — the application of law to an individual’s specific circumstances. Although we have conducted research to better ensure that our information is accurate and useful, we insist that you consult a lawyer if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is accurate. To clarify further, you may not rely upon this information as legal advice, nor as a recommendation or endorsement of any particular legal understanding, and you should instead regard this article as intended for entertainment purposes only.
Looks like they follow their own advice.