Great session on liabilities and legalities of posting content on the Internet.
- If you say something factual, you need to provide evidence to back it up.
- Must differentiate between fact and opinion.
- If you publish someone else’s stuff or provide the forum – you are a publisher.
- If you publish someone else’s stuff and change it – you are an author.
- When you write a blog, you instantly own the copyright; registering it just gives you further protection.
- For protected property you need written permission from the owner.
- You can refer to a trademark for ID purposes only.
- If you post something on someone else’s blog, you own the content.
- For images that say “free,” that only means free to look. Check the fine print.
Don’t rip off other people’s stuff (should be common sense)
- Employers may be liable for their employees’ actions, even if they don’t know what their employees are doing. Have a social media policy in place.
- You can be fired or disciplined for something you post on your blog.
- Don’t blog about your employer.
- That thing called Freedom of Speech only protects you against government action. It does NOT protect you from actions of private companies.
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