12 U.S. Laws That Impact Bloggers

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I posted a link to this on my JustDugUp.com tumblelog, but felt this was too important not to share here as well.

project blogger logoPart 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. 

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Rainer
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Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
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Great information. More learning.....does it every really stop? Thank you so much. I didn't know about some of those.
May 04, 2007 11:48 PM #24
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Fran Gatti
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Thanks for the information.  I'll check it out. 

Fran

May 04, 2007 11:59 PM #25
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
Jeff. thanks for the info - another book mark - congrats on the feature - but I know you don't do it for that but to help keep all of us blogging successfully without ending up in orange jumpsuits with numbers on the back. - I don't look good in orange (LOL) - I've had many of these concerns myself. Thanks. 
May 05, 2007 12:00 AM #26
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Great items to be aware of, particularly as legal interpretations may change with the rapid increase in blogs and bloggers. Thanks for bringing this to the Rain!
May 05, 2007 12:23 AM #27
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Bookmarked to read after coffee.  ;o)  Thanks!
May 05, 2007 05:55 AM #28
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Sarah...

I just finished reading all of it. It is well worth the read. There is a lot of information on that site.

TLW...ROAR!

May 05, 2007 06:12 AM #29
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Rhona Sutter
The Pet Realty Network - Naples, FL
Thank you for providing this useful link.  In November 2006 the National Underwriter, Property and Casualty, addressed the insurance liability aspect of Blog publishing in an interesting article Blog Publishing Can Open the Door to Liability by Caroline McDonald that got my attention.  I think it is so important to remember these issues when writing posts and commenting on Blogs.
May 05, 2007 06:51 AM #30
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Tony Marriott
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, REALTOR
Jeff - Very useful and timely info given we are on the verge of a campaign that involves a large database - Thanks!
May 05, 2007 10:24 AM #31
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Jeff,

Hmm...this post probably grabbed the attention of a few...including me. I've bookmarked (TUIT List). Thanks for sharing.

Hmm...Kumquat.....I have one of those trees (now bearing) in my backyard. Quite a bittersweet kick.  Need to experiment with the Kumquat Bomb one of these days.

May 05, 2007 11:24 AM #32
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Jeff,

Thanks for the posting.  I've only recently been involved in blogging.  This is great to know.

May 05, 2007 11:49 AM #33
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Bruce Ching
Brio Realty - Woodinville, WA

Jeff,

That's my comment above.  Forgot to leave my name.

May 05, 2007 11:53 AM #34
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

All.. the thing Aviva's post clearly illustrates is that we must be diligent to make sure the wild wild west that is the blogosphere turns into a place we all feel safe hanging out in. The post IS WORTH THE TIME TO READ IN FULL! 

 

May 05, 2007 12:55 PM #35
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Lisa Dunn
Edina Realty - Minneapolis, MN
www.TwinCitySeller.com
Hi Jeff, It looks like the project blogger is going to help the whole community,not just those mentors and mentorees!  thanks for sharing this!
May 05, 2007 05:04 PM #36
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Lisa... you couldn't be more right! I stopped calling it a competition a long time ago. It's an event. And I'm loving it.
May 05, 2007 05:06 PM #37
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
All... I just want to reinforce Ardell's addition... "we have to make sure our Blogging doesn't impact the Code of Ethics and or MLS Rules and licensing issues."
May 06, 2007 04:59 AM #38
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Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews * Previews Luxury Real Estate - San Diego, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
Jeff: Thanks for providing me with tonight's reading homework!
May 06, 2007 10:31 AM #39
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Yeah... that's what we all need... more homework. :)
May 06, 2007 12:16 PM #40
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC. - Metairie, LA
Homes for Sale Kenner - Metairie, La.
Great information. Something we all have to think about . Great Post
May 06, 2007 03:01 PM #41
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Thanks, Frank. I think these issues really need to be brought to the forefront. 
May 07, 2007 12:45 PM #42
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Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

I am so sick of this term paper spam!! 

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