29. 05. 2012
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What to expect when blogging for a third-party for pay

Contract negotiations are fluid discussions which often take shape based on non-scientific factors such as emotions, relationships, style and perceived leverage. Having said that, there are certain concepts a blogger should always expect...

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24. 04. 2012
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Blogging management: Do you need representation?

Dan and I counsel a number of bloggers on issues ranging from compliance (i.e., privacy issues, contest and sweepstake rules, FTC disclosure guidelines, and DMCA safeguards) to intellectual property protection (i.e., trademarks, copyrights,...

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23. 03. 2012
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Privacy policies for bloggers & avoiding legal risks: Part II

Last month we covered some of the issues that should be addressed in your privacy policy. Now, we’ll turn our attention to your terms and conditions, also known as terms of service (“TOS”)....

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21. 02. 2012
legal-risks

Privacy policies for bloggers & avoiding legal risks

Previously, we’ve discussed the DMCA “safe harbors” which, if followed, can help you avoid liability for hosting third-party infringing material on your blog. A couple of months ago we began covering privacy policies...

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25. 01. 2012
copyright

Copyright infringement: How can bloggers can deal with it?

Success! Two months in a row where we can address a pressing member question! This time, it’s about copyright infringement. The iFabbo member writes: “I have been having a horrible time lately with people...

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01. 12. 2011
takedown

Registering a DMCA takedown agent for your blog

The “Comments” section is an essential aspect to most blogs. It’s where you develop an actively engaged community. It’s also where you become most susceptible to legal liability related to defamation, privacy rights,...

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08. 10. 2011
illegal

Is your blog contest illegal?

Who doesn’t love free stuff?  Hosting giveaways has long been the tool of choice to persuade readers to follow a particular blogger on another one of their social media sites and to invite...

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08. 08. 2011
defamatory

Is your blogging defamatory?

Defamation suits have intensified as people increasingly post opinions online without considering the consequences. While the First Amendment freedom of speech does apply to blog posts, it does not mean that bloggers can...

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01. 07. 2011
liability

Entity formation: Protecting bloggers from liability

We’ve spent the last few newsletters discussing some of the laws affecting blogs and bloggers. Now, we’d like to discuss how best to protect yourself from any liability resulting from failing to adhere...

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01. 06. 2011
rights-II

Blogging and intellectual property rights: Part II

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a U.S. copyright law which criminalizes the production and dissemination of technologies intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works (such as digital rights management tools). ...

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