Legal issues new bloggers should know

This article is mainly targeted at new bloggers who start blogging, but are unaware about the legal issues involved with it. It will help them in saving themselves from any trouble regarding the law and is, thus a must read.

Blogging has no doubt gained unprecedented popularity in the past few years. It has become a rage among students who want to earn money. Anyhow the problem is that many bloggers start blogging without prior knowledge of the legalities associated with blogging.
One needs to have a complete knowledge of the legal issues related to blogging in order to prevent falling into any lawsuit. In this article we will discuss all the major things one should keep in mind before creating a blog:

1. Disclosure of the name of the organization : There is an association called the FCT, which requires all bloggers to disclose the names of their blogs along with the names of the the products and services they deal in. Make it a point that each service and product that you review should hold strict relevance to the products that you mentioned in your list. This way you will be protected from getting caught in a lawsuit involving disagreement of any kind. You can mention the details on the product page of the blog or create a special page for the same purpose.
2. Defaming : Please note that defaming any individual or organization is considered to be a crime as per the cyber laws. Please remember that writing anything negative about anyone on your blog will lead to a defamation suit on you. This means, first thing, your blog gets closed, second thing, you pay a hefty fine and third thing, you may land yourself into a legal battle and may even be imprisoned in some countries. So beware !!!
3. Never expose Secrets related to someone's trade : Always remember never to leak out the secrets of anyone's business in your blog as that person surely holds a right to drag you t the court. Means suppose you write the details about the preparation mixture of coca cola, and they may not like it. Then Coca Cola may sue you for this since their recipe was confidential and you exposed it. So remember not to do this.
4. Plagiarism : This is the worst thing a blogger can ever do. If the person whose content you copied files a complaint against you, then it may lead to your ad sense account getting banned and may even cause closure of your blog in extreme cases. Always remember that the value of a blog depends upon its originality. Copying will never give you any benefits but may lead to a serious loss. So never ever do this.
5. Never post any photograph or video which is right protected : In case you post a photograph or video of someone who objects to it, you may have to face the law. And publishing of right protected photographs and videos is also not permitted. So never do this. One more thing. Never ever try to secretly photograph a person without permission and publish it on your blog. It may even land you in jail in case it is objectionable enough.
Wishing everyone Happy Blogging!!!

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