There are currently 50 lawsuits in the USA against bloggers, or people who have commented on blogs. You can expect to see a substantial rise in that number in the coming months, as well. Bloggers are covered by the same laws as people writing in printed publications. So if you write blogs you can be accused of copyright infringement, defamation, incitement to racial hatred and a host of other legal issues. Software will soon exist to trawl the Internet for possible breaches of the law, automatically helping to file claims against bloggers. The answer is to stick within the law – and if you don’t know the law, don’t say anything on a blog you wouldn’t say to an individual face to face. And don’t copy anything you find elsewhere on the Internet – make all your blogs your own work. Follow those two simple rules and you should stay clear of any legal problems.
Graham Jones is an Internet Psychologist who studies the way people use the online world, in particular how people engage with businesses. He uses this knowledge to help companies improve their online connections to their customers and potential customers and offers consultancy, workshops, masterclasses and webinars. He also speaks regularly at conferences and business events. Graham is an award-winning writer and the author of 32 books, several of which are about various aspects of the Internet. For more information connect with me on Google+