Should Bloggers care about the Law? I mean you are just doing this as a side business, right?
The answer is yes and yes, and then yes.
Many blogs are businesses which means that you are subject to several laws, including but not limited too (yes that little phrase could be a contract):
- FTC Regulations
- Cann-Spam Act
- Laws regarding the Formation of Contracts
- Copyright Protections and Infringement
- Trademark Protections and Infringements
- Advertising Restrictions.
- and many many more.
Digital Business law is ever changing, which means that blogs and businesses have to be weary of when one law might run afoul to their businesses, but many bloggers and businesses look at their blog as just a hobby, or they don’t know enough about the law to care. But, I am going to give you a lesson as to why all businesses and blogs should care about the law.
Why Should Bloggers Care about the Law?
First, you should care about the law because it cost you some serious money if you don’t. That is the scary part. The Content Factory posted a great article on this subject, and I want to give a quick summary:
A blogger used a picture that he found on the internet and used it on his blog, just like many bloggers do. He posted his masterpiece of a post and then forgot about it. Several months later he received a demand letter for $8,000.00 due to copyright infringement. I don’t know about all of you, but $8,000 is a lot of money, especially for a picture. This blogger settled for $3,000.00 for copyright infringement on one picture.
And that my friends is why you should care about the law. You don’t want to be put in a position where you are having to hire attorneys to settle for the least amount you can.
On a more positive note, the laws can protect you. If someone steals your ideas, then you can be the one sending out demand letters and protecting your name.
The laws are scary, no doubt, but they are there to protect your work as well as other people’s work.
****Hey there sunshine! I just wanted to let you know that yes, I am an attorney, but I am NOT YOUR ATTORNEY. The information above does not put us in an attorney-client privilege contract type setting. Even though you are reading this, it doesn’t mean that I am giving you legal advice as an attorney.