by Malay Shah
on May 14th, 2008

Tips for Safe Blogging

Do you blog online? Millions of bloggers post content online every day. Many people read and comment on blogs. Within this communication, some legal issues are bound to arise. I am writing this article to make you aware about top 3 legal points that you as a blogger must know.

1. Read the agreements related to your blog carefully and understand them thoroughly.

Find below the list of some common legal agreements which will affect you most. These agreements may vary depending on how you host, manage, promote and monetize your blog:
1. content-sharing agreements and licenses;
2. web and blog hosting agreements including terms of service
3. syndication agreement
4. advertising, affiliate and revenue-sharing programs.

2. Copyright protection for your original work.

People copy blog content now and then and preventing copyright infringement and plagiarism is a costlier affair, but there are some simple tips you can do to overcome the problem.

1. display a copyright notice on each page of your blog
2. register your copyright with the US Copyright Office or the copyright registration authority in your own country
3. license your work to your blog’s visitors

3. Post statements that are true only and you have sufficient data to endorse the same.

In the rush to cover topics quickly ahead of other bloggers many of them sacrifice on accuracy which can cause 3 major problems for the blogger.

First, someone may accuse the blogger of libel because of the misstated the facts.

Second, you and your blog will lose credibility. In the short term, lost credibility may cost you readers and advertisers.

And third, if you are selling goods, services or information through your blog, misrepresenting certain facts can subject you to liability for fraud and violation of applicable consumer protection laws.

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