Wednesday, May 02, 2007

12 Important U.S. Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know

This resource covers (in plain language) what a webmaster needs to know about paid post disclosure, deep linking, thumbnails, stolen content, domain names, private data, comment liability, tax law, newsletters, journalist shield laws, and user-generated content liability.



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I recently had part of a legal matter resolved in Federal Circuit Court that provided a functional analysis for determining whether a blogger was a journalist. In the case, my magistrate judge had ruled (against an injunction for an article on my blog) that I was protected under the Lanham Act (which this piece did not link to but is just as important to bloggers) because I was termed as "news and news commentary" and therefore protected in using a copyright and trademark in my critique of a local eBay dropoff business. (Google for Bidzirk vs Smith)

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