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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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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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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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Defamation – When Online Statements and Free Speech Collide

Remember when you were a kid and your mom or dad told you “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”? And then you rolled your eyes (with your head turned so they couldn’t see you) and under your breath called your brother a jerk? OK, maybe it was just me. But, […]

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Blog Law: Facebook Promotion Guidelines Updated

This week, on May 11, 2011, Facebook made some sweeping changes to their promotional guidelines. The Facebook promotion guidelines are much shorter, but still pack a punch. As such, I wanted to highlight the changes.  To see the prior iteration of the guideline, check out my Blog Law post about the prior Facebook promotion guidelines. […]

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Blog Law – Is Your Giveaway Legal?

More and more I’m seeing giveaways that may not be fully compliant with federal or state laws governing giveaways. Whether online or off, there are a host of laws that every contest holder must follow or risk significant fines or, in some states, criminal prosecution. Sweepstakes and contests have been used by marketers for decades […]

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Contract Law Basics Part 2

Now that you know what the basics of Contract Law are, I’d like to move on to the main issues of contract negotiation. Most contracts, whether from the brand directly or via their PR agency, will have been crafted by a team of lawyers and heavily stacked in favor of the brand. It’s just how […]

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Blog Law: Photo Use and Etiquette

Most SEO experts suggest using at least one photo in every blog post. From an aesthetic perspective it’s a good idea, especially when the photo has something to do with the content. Photos and images are especially important for food blogs. And, of course, there is that “A picture is worth a thousand words” adage. I […]

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