News U: Online Media Law

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Hey guys,

Here are some tips about blogging the right way! Make sure you’re giving credit where credit is due and review these quick definitions/guidelines to prevent any sort of scandal.

Defamation – basically writing/saying something about someone that isn’t true. Even if it seems innocent, an underlying message could potentially ruin someone’s reputation and you might be on the line for making the statement. There are soooo many elements of defamation law…no wonder why everyone tries to be so politically correct and not step on anyone’s toes.

 Privacy – Even if it’s accurate, you could be liable for what you post about someone. You obviously can’t use someone else’s name for your benefit and you can’t use/ post information that is generally unavailable to the public. A good idea is to gather all your information from public places and publicly available sources, and if you’re not sure, just ask for consent of the person you are quoting.  

 Copyright  – Any original works can be copyrighted, like art, drama, sculptures, music, and even architecture. Ideas are one thing that cannot be copyrighted; the means of expression of an idea can be, but the idea itself cannot. Again, it’s a good idea to stick to the facts or ask for permission to use something.

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