How you all doing ? Here I am with a highly requested post on blogging laws, legal and how to stay out of jail.Most of us are not aware of the law.I was oblivious of the law myself till I got burned once and after that I started reading the fine print on such things.If you own an online business or a blog I would seriously suggest you to go through the law or hire a lawyer to help you run a business that is legal, doesn’t infringe any laws un-intentionally or otherwise.The news is filled with cases where either party was held in cases of defamation, contempt of court on grounds of copyright infringement and plagiarism.
Better be right than first
If you think I am joking have a look at the news headlines yourself. In 2013 a photographer filled a lawsuit against Buzzfeed claiming 3.6 million in damages.
Legal or NOT?
While the lines between legal and not legal might get blurred in some situations its always better to be safe than sorry. I repeat please hire legal help if you find yourself at crossroads. It never hurts to proactively take some steps to avoid future mishaps or run in with the law.Especially these days legal help is available online at quite affordable prices.If you’re strapped for time its the best route to take to starting a legal business.I repeat and cant stress this enough always request permission and authorisation before publishing or sharing anything that you don’t own.
Using images without the appropriate copyright notices/rights
This is a easy one we all know that using someone else’s images is a huge copyright violation. Ok Akansha I know that now how do I get free copyright images? I just started and don’t have a lot of money to spend on stock photos. I hear you my friend. Google to the rescue, type in Google image search , go to settings–>advanced image search –>free to use ,modify or share commercially and viola! For a visual help check here.Also if you own some image ensure that it has the right licenses that hasn’t expired.Always include proper image alternate attribution. Give credits where its due.
Sharing someone’s links without permission
Content that is under NDA/Inappropriate/Provocative in Nature
If there is any overlap or conflict of interest caused due to your professional field of work and specific topics on which you blog please ensure you have your articles vetted by legal and a permission from your company’s legal to avoid future lawsuits and disciplinary action. Be careful not to step the line and blog about a product/strategy that your company is yet to launch, something that can impact your company’s stock or be deemed punishable under the insider.Also don’t be tempted to go talking about a topic that could have sensitive nature and impact sentiments of people. You must be aware of the social media chain reaction. Anything on the internet is never private and neither is the reach of your posts limited. Think before you share.
Disclosing affiliate links /Endorsements
If you’re an amazon affiliate or make money through endorsements always disclose that you do. Its important and fair for your readers to know that your judgement may be biased as you are getting paid in return for helping them make the sale.If you are specifically working with a brand call it out explicitly in either your post or a footer on the page.Pay your taxes and never fall prey to any violation.According to Section 5 of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. 45)
Ensuring Privacy of your Subscribers
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