Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Legal Side of Blogs Introduction

Today I met with a few PDX Bloggers (hosted by Sara of Go Gingham) and the topic of conversation hit on the area of the legal responsibilities of blogging. We were lucky enough to be joined by Lorelle from Lorelle on Wordpress who provided some really great information on the topic.

To tell you the truth the whole legal side of the blogging world scares the pants off of me. I, of course, want to do things correctly and make efforts to follow all ethical and copyright rules. But, there is just so much out there. Like, did you know that it is wrong to use the bold option too often in a post? I had no clue and I've hit the big bold symbol more than my fair share.


So, over the next few weeks (possibly months) I am going to try to understand all the legal jargon, share it with you, and apply it to my blogs. I hope that the information will be useful to you as well. And, if you don't have a blog, it might be interesting to finally understand why bloggers do certain things.

In the meantime, here are a few posts that you might find interesting on the topic:
  • Blog Herald's "The Legal Risks of Blogging" 
  • Cyber Journalist created a "Blogger's Code of Ethics" based off of the Society of Professional Journalist's Code of Ethics (I am a former Journalist and really hold the SPJ's code of ethics to my heart. I love this rendition.) 
What legal questions about blogging do you have? Maybe I can find an answer!

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