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Blog Law

2013 FTC Dot Com Disclosure Updates and What They Mean For Online Marketers

On March 12, 2013, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the long-awaited Dot Com Disclosures. The Dot Com Disclosures guide provides guidance for online and mobile advertisers. Last released in 2000, the internet back then looked very different than it does today. Even now, after over a year of working on this update, […]

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5 Legal Considerations For Your Pin It To Win It Promotion

Pinterest is one of the most popular social networking platforms, especially for people who are visual. Pinterest is currently the fastest growing social network, and if you’re on it you know why. If you’re not on Pinterest, you may not understand all the hype. Suffice it to say that Pinterest’s digital “pin boards” have given […]

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Your Copyright Notice Status Update On Facebook Is Worthless

  Evidently, my lack of friends on Facebook means I don’t have this nonsense cluttering up my feed. In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For […]

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Blog Law: Defamation and Social Media

We’ve all heard the phrase “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.” When it comes to social media and online content, though, its seems the phrase is actually “If you can’t say something nice, blog, tweet, facebook, or post it online.” While I shouldn’t be, I am surprised at what people post online. […]

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Avoiding Copyright Pitfalls on Pinterest

  You either know what Pinterest is or you don’t. For those who do, just skip this next section. For the uninitiated, let’s bring you up to speed. Pinterest in the online equivalent of all those torn out magazine photos, articles and recipes you’ve got taped on your wall, stuffed in a drawer, bookmarked in […]

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Tax Tips For Bloggers

  Every week I get a few emails from bloggers or online professionals asking me questions about taxes. Most of them are the same questions again and again. Because I can’t answer fact-specific questions individually without potentially creating an attorney/client relationship, I tend to give the same general answers. First and foremost, seek counsel from […]

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Fotolia Stock Photo Service Review

Photo Credit: Sample Image from Fotolia You know what a stickler I am about the proper use of photos on blogs and websites. As a lawyer who has worked with clients to protect their images and use others’ images properly, I was very pleased when Fotolia contacted me to check out their stock photo service. […]

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Blog Law: Public Disclosure of Private Facts

Tommroch – Fotolia.com   On a weekly basis I find misdirected emails in my inbox. With a name as common as Sara, it’s been happening to me for years. And now with blogging, there are so many with the same name it’s easy to end up with an email not intended for you. Have you […]

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Blog Law: Online Bullying Isn’t Just For Kids Anymore

In some ways I feel like a therapist. I get emails with details on how a blogger or small brand is being taunted and tormented by others online. I completely feel for them because I have my own trolls and ‘mean girls’. I always thought that grown ups would be different. I figured that I’m […]

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Just Because It’s Not Illegal Doesn’t Mean It’s Right

Every day I get a few emails and DMs from bloggers upset that another blogger has taken something of theirs. Whether it is an idea, a design concept, something from Twitter, a hot deal, a complete post, it seems like there is a lot of taking going on. In addition, as bloggers are trying to […]

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