5 Legal Documents Every Blogger Should Have!

5 Legal Documents Every Blogger Should Have!

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Author : MyLegalWork Staff

Posted on: 30th Jun, 2017

When you are writing or publishing an article as a professional blogger, then you want your content to be authentic showcasing your opinion or your take on the said topic and you would like it to be credited as your brainchild.Unfortunately, most of the bloggers are unaware of the fact that their article might be utilised by any other third party without any intimation or without seeking their permission.The recent case against The Frying Pan is a relevant example.

Therefore, it is imperative that bloggers must also give equal importance to legal mattersand mustensure that their content is protected from any possibility of infringement.

 Here are the top 5 essential Legal Documents you should have on your blogsite to secure yourself or in case to lodge a legal complaint against other infringing party:

1. The Copyright 

This is the most important legal protection that you can have in this online world. Anyone can easily replicate or copy the content of your blog and earn profits that you deserve. So to save your writings, content, photos from stealing you ought to have a page showing your copyright policy. That page must mention that this content is totally owned by you and must not be copied. If anyone found stealing the content, then you have right to take legal action against him.

2. Terms of Use / Terms and Conditions

This is a legal agreement between you and the people visiting your blogsite about how your blog should be used, how its content should be consumed and terms to keep yourself away from any possible misuse or fraudulent activities. It should also include terms to prevent any legal claims that might be made by visitors of your site. This becomes highly important when your blog is influential or is a public service blog. Many bloggers have been sued for not having this important document with their blog. This document must be telling the readers that your blog is not responsible for anything harmful or unwanted situation that may happen after following the blog with readers or any comment that they post on its site.

3. The Privacy Policy

Many blogs mightcollect personal information from its visitors to keep a record of their audience or to subscribe them for any newsletters. Therefore, you must have a document about the Privacy Policy of your blog. This document should state how you collect and manage user’s data. It is a legal document to protect the privacy of the user visiting your site. It should mention that you are protecting their personal information and how you are you storing it. If you are using the information for some purpose or disclosing it to some 3rd party, then you should mention all such details in this document.

4. Disclaimer Policy

As a blogger you might take utmost care to ensure that the content you post is correct. Even your visitors might assume that all the information you provide is verified and accurate. A disclaimer policy limits your legal liability in case the information posted on your blogsite is not true or deviates from facts. It must also specify that the content is for information purpose only and it does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information and definitely should not be considered as a guidance of any sort.

5. Disclosures Policy

In addition to your articles, you might want to advertise through ad networks or you might receive endorsements for certain blog posts. Running ads and posting sponsored content is one of the simplest ways of earning money through blogsites. Many content networks might ask for a mandatory disclosure policy in order to sponsor content or advertise on your blogsite. Therefore, a Disclosure Policy must be present, letting them as well as the readers know more about the content they view.

If you sum up what is mentioned above, this is the bare minimum you need to do to protect yourself and your visitors from possible legal actions and enable users to have a safe and legal browsing experience.

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