Legal Concerns for Bloggers and Freelancers

Hello Hello F22 Crew!

The blogging world is huge, with so many tiny tips and tricks that can make or break you. If you’re like me I didn’t know how many legal issues can arise from not getting your ducks in order on your blog! It’s crucial for all bloggers to understand the legalities of publishing on the web and abiding by intellectual property rights. One mistake bloggers can make is not fully understanding the legalities of sharing content and collecting data. Here are some tips and additions you should make to your blog to avoid any future complications.

 

Create a Privacy Policy

Every website must have a visible privacy policy if any personal data is collected. A Privacy Policy reminds your audience that their data is protected and protects you from any potential lawsuits. Just remember that every time you publish on the internet, no matter where in the world you are, to follow global guidelines, with one of them being th EU Data Protection Act.

AA Privacy Policy should include:

● An explanation of how your data is used
● Rights of Users under the GDRP
● A Cookie Policy
● Protecting Children’s Privacy
● Comment Policy
● Disclosure to Third Parties
● Notification of Changes to Your Privacy Policy
● Contact Information

 

Add Cookie Statement

Any website that tracks its user’s interactions needs a statement telling them their movements will be tracked. Most websites have a popup statement asking the user to agree to terms and conditions and to tracking cookies. A popup on your blog is the best way to avoid legal issues as it forces the user to read and accept your data tracking.

 

Understand Copyright Laws

“Copyright” protects your original work from being stolen, recreated, or being posted by someone else. Copyright does not fully protect original ideas or thoughts. There are three exceptions to copyright that allows you to use original works without asking the owner for permission. All other forms of repurposing original content can land you in serious legal trouble.

 

Public Domain

Works posted in public domains allow users to use content without asking permission from the original creator. They are free to access and do not require attributions. The expiry of copyright or granted permission from the owner is how works mainly end up in the public domain. You can source information, music, images and more through public domain directories.

 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a copyright license that includes copyright elements but also allows work to be shared freely to encourage creativity. CC licenses include attribution to the original creator, non-commercial purposes, and non-derivative works. Creative Commons allows creators to share their work and have it be repurposed with attributions.

 

Fair Use

Fair Use allows the use of copyrighted material without permission depending on four elements.

  • The purpose of the work
  • The amount and size of work taken
  • The effect of the use
  • The nature of copywriter work

Don’t forget Data Disclosures

Create a dedicated statement covering your affiliates, monetization, and links to sponsorships. Provide a disclosure statement regarding the use of data for all users. The most important trick to avoid legal troubles in your blogging career is to disclose information to your users, avoid copyright infringements, and be as transparent as possible.

 

Be Mindful of Defamation Law

If you are sponsored or represented by any products or companies, pay close attention to the contract you sign and the restrictions. There are various sponsorship deals that permit you from saying or doing various things with their product, and they are not afraid to use their legal teams to pursue defamation cases. Defamation basically covers every false statement that is published. Many defamation cases are unintended so be mindful of the words you use (especially regarding specific products).

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