Legal Advice for Bloggers
Blogging provides a wonderful outlet for sharing thoughts & experiences. However, just like you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theatre, you can’t say whatever you want on your blog. Blogging comes with the risk of legal problems in the areas of copyright, First Amendment, invasion of privacy, defamation, & others.
We have extensive experience researching the legal implications of blogging including the risk of civil lawsuits, criminal charges, & its effect on your professional life.
The best way to avoid legal problems related to your blog is to consult an attorney before publishing a controversial post. If you are accused of legal wrongdoing because of your blog, we will help you understand & fight for your rights.
Website Terms & Conditions
Your website terms & conditions are a special contract that creates & manages your relationships with your website users. Your terms & conditions must accurately reflect your policies & promises to your users. They can include provisions regarding payment, liability, privacy, & dispute resolution. It is critical that you have a learned attorney draft &/or review your terms & conditions to ensure that they accurately reflect your services & protect your interests.
Never assume that copying another website’s terms & conditions will be sufficient.
ICANN Domain Disputes
ICANN is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers. It oversees the unique identifier numbers for every IP address on the internet. Its process for website domain dispute resolutions is an alternative to lengthy & costly litigation & applies to all .com, .net, & .org domains.
When you suspect that someone is cybersquatting on your desired website domain, you must proceed through the ICANN’s administrative process to claim your rights to your domain. We can represent you in this proceeding & provide strategies to achieve the best outcome.
Cyberbullying & Cyberharassment
Cyberbullying & cyberharassment are awful things to experience. I know because I’ve been through it.
I was cyberharassed by another student while I was in law school. She sent me harassing emails through the school’s email system. For the duration of her abuse, my heart raced every time that I saw that I had a new email, & I felt a deep sense of fear & dread every time I saw that it was from her. She acted so impulsively via email that I started to worry she could act out in a physically impulsively way as well. I felt anxious whenever she was near me.
The harassment ended when I filed reports with my academic program & the university. They helped ensure my physical safety at school. I also cut off all her access to me online. It was incredibly stressful to deal with this situation even though I had the information & support necessary to address it.
Cyberbullying & cyberharassment are one in the same. Cyberbullying generally occurs between children, & cyberharassment is the same behavior but between adults. If you are being cyberbullied or harassed, we can explore your options for responding to the harassment. This may involve reporting it to an email service provider, a website administrator, your employer or school, &/or the police. We can create a strategy that limits unwanted attention online & protects your physical & emotional safety.