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The Legal Side of Blogging: How Not to get Sued, Fired, Arrested, or Killed [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Carter , Deborah Bancroft , Aaron Wood
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Book Description

Fans of Erika Napoletano will appreciate Ruth Carter's ability to give bloggers the direct answers to legal questions -- without the excessive fluff!

Having a blog is awesome.

Having the cops or Joe the Process Server show up on your doorstep is not.

Bloggers put themselves at legal risk with each and every blog post. Yes, you have freedom of speech but that doesn't mean you can't get sued.

In this book, licensed attorney and passionate blogger Ruth Carter tells you how to stay out of legal hot water -- with your boss, the cops, and the courts.

Copyright, trademark, privacy, defamation... it's all in there. And it's written in an easy-to-understand style expressly for serious bloggers.

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  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JENTS, LLC; 3 edition (July 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K4U5RU
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Bloggers October 9, 2012
By Heather
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This is an excellent book for people who write blogs. Ruth Carter has done an amazing job of describing in plain English the US Federal and State laws (and even a few from foreign countries) that relate to blogging. A lawyer's job is to try to think of all of the bad things that could happen, and develop a plan for dealing with them ahead of time. This way, if the worst does happen you won't be surprised. Ms. Carter has outlined a wide variety of legal issues relating to blogging, and how to know when it is time to hire your own lawyer.

The book covers:

* the most cost-effective way to register a copyright on your blog
* how not to violate the copyrights of others
* legal issues to consider if you invite other people to write guest posts
* what happens to your content when you die
* when is the writing in a blog considered free speech
* when is the writing on a blog considered a crime
* when is the writing on a blog likely to get you fired
* how to protect confidential sources
* and lots more

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has, or is thinking about starting, a blog.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloggers, protect yourselves! October 20, 2012
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If you're a trained journalist, you don't need this book.

For 99.9% of all the rest of you, even if you don't yet publish online, you absolutely need to know this stuff.

$3.99 is far cheaper than what I'm sure Ruth charges once you've been arrested.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds cliche, but this is a must read. October 12, 2012
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My blog is over seven years old and I thought I knew it all. After all, I've never been sued, fired, arrested or killed by the hand of my little corner of the interwebs.

Now I'm thinking I've just been lucky.

Only a few pages into Ruth Carter's handy little book, I learned several things. And the learning kept coming.

Blog long enough, and you will piss someone off. Blog long enough without Carter's legal insight and you may very well find yourself at the business end of a summons, or a pink slip (or worse). The title isn't sensationalistic, it's legit. While it sounds scary, Carter's well-reasoned and well-researched material should ease your fears, and make you think. You'll be a better, stronger, faster and safer blogger for reading -- and heading -- the material in this book.

Yes, it is a "must read" for any established, beginning, or wannabe blogger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't gamble with your livelihood! October 28, 2012
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A lot of my reputation and income comes from how I interact with people online, so while I might be be a bit silly at times I never try to be reckless. I have too much to lose. Because I've been online for a long time, I thought I knew all the ins and outs of protecting myself online.

But I am not a lawyer. Ruth is. She's also a very avid blogger, so is not preaching from the sidelines. This comes from her experience and knowledge on both the Blogging and Legal sides of the topic, and provides an excellent guide for anyone who would much rather spend their time creating new content than arranging bail or defending themselves from a lawsuit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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As a partner in a business law firm in the midwest, I find Ms. Carter's book, apparently her first, to be surprisingly well-written. Even though it is not a legal treatise, it is carefully researched and misses none of the crucial details when covering such topics as copyright, defamation, and trademark law. It is highly readable and useful to anyone who posts material online as well as anyone who hosts such postings. Its low price makes it a great buy.

Worth mentioning: This book limits itself to explaining "what the law is". It does not go into practicalities such as "If I'm threatened with a lawsuit for copyright infringement, can I apologize and tell them I have no money?" or "What are the potential costs/benefits of a defamation suit?"

Nicely done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone writing or speaking August 20, 2013
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This is a thorough legal treatise on blogging, but I am not a blogger. I found this to be very helpful as I am a writer and a public speaker. Much of what Ms. Carter has to say in regard to blogging is applicable for any one whose words will become public in any way. There are points that she makes that should be heeded by those who post on Facebook, blog, write public speeches, sermons, books, articles, etc. Very well done in a concise yet developed manner with lots of information in short chapters that sum up the responsibilities and cautions when one's writing or speaking will become public. This is a great investment as a reference book for so many of us. It will help you to understand the law, how to keep your nose clean and how to protect yourself.
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More About the Author

Known for her outgoing personality and daring antics, Ruth Carter is the author of The Legal Side of Blogging: How Not to get Sued, Fired, Arrested, or Killed. She's also the owner of Carter Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Her practice focuses on business formation and contracts, intellectual property, internet law, and flash mob law. In 2012, Ruth was named an American Bar Association Legal Rebel for her work in flash mob law. When she's not busy being an attorney, Ruth volunteers with Improv Arizona and Ignite Phoenix.

Ruth's been blogging since 2009. She writes weekly on her law firm's blog and her personal blog, The Undeniable Ruth. She is dedicated to the belief that bloggers have the opportunity, if not the obligation, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Ruth lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her adorable basset hound, Rosie.

You can contact Ruth at


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